Imeh Akpan, 36, who was paraded today in Lagos, however denied the allegation, insisting that he only did it once. According to the Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, Akpan started defiling the girl since she was 5-year-old. He was eventually caught at the weekend after the girl ran out of the house and was rescued by some policemen.
The victim said: “I was sleeping on Sunday, around 10pm, my daddy came and removed my clothes and slept with me. He used the towel to cover my eye and my mouth but I was still shouting and crying. He said nobody will come and help me. So, I ran out of the house when I got chance.
After I ran out towards the police station. On my way there, I saw one man who asked me where I was going. I told him everything and the man said he will take me to police station and to human right. So, he now took me to hotel that I should come and sleep in hotel till morning before he will take me to the station.
I followed the man and I now said I cannot sleep with him inside the hotel. When I wanted to close my eyes, I was now seeing the man as if his hand was touching me in my dream. I could not close my eyes. Around 3am, I told the man I want to go and ease myself and he allowed me.
The man now said since I want to go and report everything at police station that he will use his own money and that the money will be N50, 000, that I should do him a favour and enter the room. I did but the man wanted to rape me also and I shouted before the owner of the hotel came and opened the door.
That was how I ran outside. As I was walking on the road, policemen saw me and I told them everything.” Akpan who claimed he was drunk, said: “She is like my daughter and it is an abomination for me to sleep with her. I have been the one training her since she was a baby.
I was drunk and I did not know anything. It was the police that invited me and told me I raped her. I did not even know. It is only this once I have done it. I do not know what came over me.”