The Police Command in Benue State has confirmed the arrest of a 70-year-old man who reportedly raped a five-year-old girl in Gwer West Local Government Area of the state.
Recall that the suspect identified as Nicholas Akeh, had attested to have repeatedly defiled the child.
DSP Catherine Anene, spokesperson of the command, who confirmed the incident to Daily Trust, said the “suspect is in police custody and investigation is in progress”
Akeh, is a neighbour and close family relative of the victim’s parent and has been surviving with HIV positive for the past 20 years.
Meanwhile, activist Ukan Kurugh who gave an update said the victim’s mother wants the case closed so she doesn’t incur the wrath of relatives because the suspect is related to her husband who is virtually impaired.
Read his update below:
SCARY DETAILS OF THE 5YR OLD RAPE CASE IN GWER WEST LGA OF BENUE STATE
The name of the offender is Pa. Nicodemus Akeh and he is aged 70yrs not 50yrs as earlier on stated.
The offender has a close relationship with the victims family and is also a neighbor.
The victim is by name Msen and she is aged 5yrs going to 6yrs.
The Rapist confessed to be HIV Positive for over 20yrs now and leaves on drugs while his wife has left him for long that’s why he does that to younger girls to satisfy his sexual needs.
Currently as we speak the family of the offender are on deck at the Police division to bail him.
The mother of the child wants the case close due to the fact that the man and the child’s father (a blind man) are from the same village and she wouldn’t want to incur the wrath from the village people on her children.
The Onus is now FIDA and All Civil Society Organisations (CSO) in Benue State to rise up and let take this matter headlong.
WE NEED TO MOVE FAST TO THIS CASE & FIND OUT THE OTHER GIRLS HE HAS USED/INFECTED WITH THE VIRUS.