“I Love Her", 65-Year Old Who Raped Minor tells Police

An elderly man, identified as Edet Okon who allegedly raped an 11-year-old girl in Akwa Ibom State has said it was because he loved her that he took advantage of her.
The 65-year-old man however added that he didn’t know she was that young and only slept with her once.
Okon and another man, 27-year-old Akan Ebong who has also been accused of having sex with the adolescent, have since been taken into custody by the Police in the state.
According to reports, the victim who had needed funds to return home was said to have been lured by one Glory to the house of a 65-year-old man, Okon Edet, who defiled her.
The two suspects admitted on interrogation to committing the offence and pleaded for clemency, pledging that they will turn a new leaf if let off the hooks.
Edet said: “My mother and my wife died four years ago and I have not remarried since then.
“I was drunk, so I don’t know what happened. But I love the girl and I slept with her. I don’t know her age.
”The suspect, a commercial motorcycle rider, claimed that all his children were dead and he was living alone and also does not know the parents of the victim or where she lives.
Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Odiko Macdon, said a formal complaint was logged with the Police on the defilement of the minor which led to the arrest of the suspects, describing the incident as odious.
According to him, investigations into the incident were on-going and the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.