Police in Calabar, Cross River State have arrested a 41-year-old tanker driver identified as Bashiru, for allegedly defiling a two-year-old girl and infecting her with a s*xually transmitted disease.
Narrating the incident, the toddler’s mother Margaret said the incident happened when her two-year old daughter went into Bashiru’s apartment to play, adding that she did not stop her from going into Bashiru’s room because she considered him a neighbour who could not harm her daughter. “She calls him uncle,” she said.
The incident happened in Okom Ita, Akamkpa Local Government Area, Cross River State.
“We have been living together for some time and now, so when my daughter went into his room I did not stop her even when she later came out and complained that she was having pains in her private part. I thought it was ordinary pain until in the evening when I wanted to bath her and she began to cry when soap touched her private part,” Margaret said.
When she reported the incident to the police, Basiru was arrested by officers from the Akamkpa police station.
Confirming the arrest, Cross River State Police Command spokesman, Mr Hogan Bassey said the matter was under investigation.