The police in Benin have arrested and paraded a man whose name was given as Friday Moses, for allegedly defiling and impregnating his 13-year-old daughter.
Moses, who hails from Cross River State but resides in Edo, was alleged to have been having carnal knowledge of his daughter when she was seven years old.
He was among the 76 suspected criminals paraded by the state police command, for alleged involvement in various crimes in the state.
It was disclosed that the victim, a primary six pupil, who lost her mother five years ago, has been living with the suspect who constantly abused her sexually.
Competent sources have it that the suspect was driven out of Ologbo community, in Ipoba-Okha local government area of the state, when the people discovered that he was sleeping with his daughter.
The suspect was finally arrested by the police, when members of the community informed the police when they discovered that the girl was pregnant for him.
Speaking with journalists at the Edo police command headquarters in Benin, the minor who is five months pregnant, said her father has been having sexual intercourse with her when she was very small.
“My father slept with me five times. He started when I was very small. My father asked me to come to meet him in his room and when I came, he started touching my waist, when I said no, he said if I shout he will use cutlass to kill me,” she said.
On his part, the suspect, Friday Moses, who claimed innocence, also said that they should take it as his daughter said.
“I have a girl friend before, but when people come to my house and beat me up that I am going out with a married woman, I abandoned her. My wife died five years ago and my daughter is 13 years. I did not impregnate her, but take it the way she says it,” he said.
The State Police Commissioner, Mr. Babatunde Kokumo, who paraded the suspects, said they were arrested for various crimes, including robbery, kidnapping, rape and cultism.
He added that assorted arms and ammunition were recovered from them.
Kokumo assured that the suspects would be charged to Court as soon as investigations are completed.