Man arrested for defiling Rivers 10-year-old girl in Rivers

A middle-aged man identified simply as Nanso has been arrested by the police in Rivers State for allegedly defiling a 10-year-old girl.

The incident happened on Ekwulobia Street, Mile 3, Diobu, Port Harcourt on Wednesday, but the suspect was handed over to the police on Friday.

A resident of the area identified only as Ben said but for the intervention of a landlord in the compound who called the police, an angry mob would have lynched the suspect.

According to Ben, the suspect was caught by a neighbour while having carnal knowledge of the girl.

Ben said, “The suspect claimed it was not done by force and that the girl consented to it. He also claimed he only robbed ‘it’ (his manhood) on the surface of the girl’s private parts and did not penetrate. He claimed he asked the girl to close her laps.’’

It was learnt that the incident was revealed on Friday when the girl’s mother identified only as Christiana discovered bloodstain on her daughter’s underwear and enquired what happened to her.

Christiana reportedly said her daughter disclosed to her that a family friend, who regularly visited their house, attacked her and raped her when there no one was around, adding that he also threatened to kill her if she told anyone about what happened.

Sunday Punch learnt that after learning about what transpired, Christiana alerted the youth of the community after which they apprehended the suspect and handed him over to the police.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident, advising parents and guardians to always watch over their children, especially at a period when sexual harassment was on the increase.

Omoni said, “Yes, I can confirm the incident. The suspect has been arrested and taken to the state Criminal Investigation Department and is being investigated.

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