By Jonathan Ugbal
The Police in Cross River State have finally paraded Deputy Superintendent of Police Christopher Archibong for raping a 9-year old in Calabar South local government area sometimes in May 2017.
Police Commissioner, CP Hafiz Inuwa told press men that Archibong, 55 who retired earlier this year led his victim to an uncompleted building where he committed the act and confessed after been arrested and grilled.
“On May 31 2017, one traffic warden officer who retired as a DSP, Mr. Christopher Archibong, 55, defiled a 9-year-old girl and raped her. On June 5, 2017, when the victim could no longer bear it, she informed her mother of the incident and the case was reported to the police on June 7.
“Upon his arrest, the suspect confessed to the crime and he will be charged to court soon’’, Inuwa said.
But, Archibong denies and said that: “The whole matter was a set-up. I was set up by my close neighbors who got jealous of me after I bought a piece of land to build my house.
“I retired as a DSP in February this year; I am a law abiding citizen of Nigeria; I did not rape the girl as alleged’’ he said.
CrossRiverWatch had earlier reported that for fear of compromise, the matter earlier handled by the Mbukpa division of the Nigeria Police Force was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department.
The suspect has been arrainged in court and remanded in prison custody.
62 other suspects were also paraded for different crimes with a select 10 among these paraded for allegedly killing four people during a clash between rival gangstar groups, the Klans confraternity and the Bargers confraternity in Ochong community of Obubra local government area.
2 among these were paraded for stealing the car battery of a Police officer while on duty which totals 63 suspects arrested between May and June 2017 with Inuwa saying that the Police has recovered “nine locally made pistols, seven live cartridges, four rounds of 9mm ammunition, three machetes, 12 car batteries, 10 motor batteries, armored cables and three plasma television sets.”
CP Inuwa said that their arrest followed an intelligence report received on June 8, 2017 “In our Ikom Area Command that two rival cult groups, clans and bargers confraternity clashed in Ochon community and the conflict led to the killing of four persons.
“As a result of investigation, 10 suspects believed to be principal actors in the murder case were arrested. Investigation is still on while those arrested will soon be charged to court,” CP Inuwa said.
Also, CP Inuwa said the 12 stolen car batteries were recovered during a search of the battery thieves identified as Nnamoso Okon and Victor Edet who stole a car battery from the vehicle of a police officer who was on night duty on July 2.
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