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The Cross River State Police Command is currently investigating the case of a nine-year-old girl identified as Alice Eneji, who was said to have died after a 20-year-old boy, Chijioke Nwankwo, defiled her.
It was learnt that the incident happened last Monday at Okuku-Yala in Yala Local Government of the state. Some residents of the area said Eneji died after the boy had marathon sex with her in an abandoned building located on the premises of a public school.
Policemen at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Calabar, said Nwankwo, who hails from Anaocha Local Government, Anambra State, was being investigated for rape.
Nwankwo told the Officer-in-Charge of Homicide Department, Mr. Joseph Inuyashe, that he had extensive sex with the girl after they both agreed to it.
Nwankwo said, “I used to see the girl everyday in Okuku-Yala, where I stay with my parents. I don’t know what pushed me last Monday to approach the girl for sex.”
Nwankwo said he was returning home when he sighted Alice playing with three boys at the St. Patrick Primary School football field, adding that on sighting her, he felt obliged to stop and advise her against playing with boys who may take advantage of her.
He said, “As I saw her playing with the three boys, I called her to caution her. I told her to go home and meet her mother. Within seconds, it started raining. We had to take shelter in one of the school buildings.
“Then the discussion took an amorous dimension and she accepted all my proposals. I took her to one of the abandoned buildings where I told her to remove her pants and she complied.
“I After a while, Alice (Eneji) started crying, but I thought she was pretending like most girls usually do. Few minutes later, she slumped and became unconscious. I immediately raised the alarm.”
Nwankwo said Alice was rushed to the hospital while he went to source for money to foot the hospital bills.
He added, “I was still looking for money when somebody called me that the girl was dead.”
The suspect said since he came to the Okuku community about six months ago, he had abstained from women, regretting that his first attempt to have sex had ended in tragedy.
The acting Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Hogan Bassey, said the suspect was still being investigated.
He said, “The investigation is still ongoing, He (the suspect) will be charged to court after the cause of the girl’s death has been confirmed. The offence is a criminal act and will be treated as such.”