A 25-year-old man, Monday Udeme, has been accused of defiling his friend’s 6-year-old daughter in Calabar South Local Government Area of Cross River State.
The incident happened on New Year eve on King Duke Street residence at about 6:30am.
Vanguard quoted an eyewitness, Ekpeyong Bassey, as saying, “Problem started when Asuquo, the girl’s father, discovered that his daughter’s pant was damp.
“The father scolded the girl for wetting herself, but she told her father that she did not urinate on herself.
“Asuquo then decided to examine her and discovered that the girl’s private part was discharging substance.
“Asuquo started probing her and threatening her. That was when she opened up and told him that it was Uncle Udeme who raped her.
“Because of the New Year celebration, Udeme was still outside. The suspect and Asuquo were roommates. So they waited for him to come back.
“On sighting Udeme, some of Asuquo’s friends pounced on him and started beating him. They gave him a beating of his life,” the eyewitness said.
Speaking on the incident, Asuquo expressed shock over what his friend did to his daughter even after sheltering him for close to a year.
The victim’s father, who was very emotional about what happened, said “Udeme is my very good friend. I took him in when he was dismissed from the bakery across the road, because they accused him of always stealing their bread.
“He does not have relatives here and the ones he has do not even want to see him anymore because of his attitude. What he has done to my girl is despicable, and I know God will judge him because I do not want to arrest him, neither am I going to push the matter.
“I am crying because he has damaged my baby’s life. She told me he has done it four times. That is most painful.
“She was defiled in 2014. Why are they doing this to my little girl all the time? And they are all people I know.
“Although the girl’s mother left us when things got a bit tough for me after I lost my father, I had no option than to take my daughter back to her mother to ensure she gets all the care she needs.
“I have called to tell the mother what happened. She would be here any moment to pick her so that she would take care of her till they can go to the hospital on Monday.
“I have also told them to leave the idiot before they say I killed somebody this 2017,” he added.