A 41-year-old tanker driver identified as Bashiru has been arrested in Calabar for allegedly defiling a two-year-old girl and infecting her with a sexually transmitted disease.
The incident happened in Okom Ita, Akamkpa Local Government Area, Cross River State, when the two-year old girl (name withehld) strolled from her mother’s room into Bashiru’s apartment to play with the man she calls “uncle.”
Margaret, the toddler’s mother who narrated the incident to Vanguard said she did not stop her daughter from going into Bashiru’s room because she considered him a neighbour who could not harm her daughter.
She said: “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 and taken to the Akamkpa police station .
Mr Hogan Bassey, the Cross River State Police Command spokesman confirmed the arrest of the man and said the matter was under investigation.