Man, 35, Arrested for Raping 7-year-old girl in Calabar

Meanwhile, in other parts of the country, pedophiles are still hard at work.


by Rachel Ogbu


“When I entered the room to carry my daughter, I saw that blood was coming out

of her private part and she could hardly walk,” the heart-broken father of a

seven-year-old girl raped in Calabar, Cross River state has said.

The culprit is said to be a 35-year-old man, identified as Bassey Ekpo-Efiok,

has been arrested by the Cross River State Police Command

“I immediately reported the matter to the police that took her to the Nigeria

Police Medical Centre at Akim,” Patrick Eyo-Ita, said adding that the crime

against his daughter happened around 10pm on June 17 at Effanga Offiong Street

in the Edibe-Edibe area of Calabar South.

According to reports, Eyo-Ita said that the suspected rapist who is the son of a

former Post-Master General of the Nigeria Postal Service defiled his daughter

shortly after he strolled out of his compound while the daughter was asleep.

“This thing happened between 9.30pm and 10pm. My house was very hot, so,

I lay my daughter by the veranda of my apartment. After doing that, I strolled

out briefly within the neighbourhood. Unfortunately when I came back about

10pm I did not see my daughter where I lay her but saw the wrapper on which

she was lain. I was worried and decided to search for her,” Eyo-Ita said.

The Punch report:

He said while he was searching for the daughter, he heard her scream

from the suspect’s apartment.

“The voice sounded like that of my daughter and I decided to peep into

the room where the screaming was coming from. I saw Bassey naked and

on top of my little daughter. I immediately raised alarm and

within seconds, my neighbours had gathered,” he said.

He said the neighbours made efforts to apprehend the suspect but he

escaped through a back door.

He said the suspect was eventually arrested on July 1 by policemen

from Akim Police Station.

When PUNCH Metro visited the area command on Tuesday, the suspect

was writing his statement.

A child rights activist, who facilitated the arrest, Mr. James Ibor,

said the action of the suspect was criminal as he had jeopardised

the life of the little girl.

When contacted, the acting Public Relations Officer in charge of the state

Command, Mr. Hogan Bassey, promised to get the details and call back.


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