One Akaninyene Sunday Okokon, an Akwa Ibom State indigene, has been arrested for allegedly killing his daughter in an attempt to punish her.
The State Police Command through the Commissioner of Police, Olatoye Durosinmi, said the suspect committed the crime on December 11, 2022.
According to the CP, Okokon descended on his teenage daughter after she used his phone to call her boyfriend.
It was learnt that the victim did not die immediately, but in what is considered carelessness, she was reportedly taken to a prayer house when she fainted moments after her father’s punishment.
Addressing journalists at the command’s headquarters in Ikot Akpanabia, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, CP Durosinmi said: “On 11th December 2022, relying on credible information, operatives of Ikot Ebo Divisional Headquarters arrested Akaninyene Sunday Okokon who beat up his daughter, Abasiono Akaninyene Sunday, age 16, for using his SIM card to call her boyfriend. The victim fainted and was rushed to a prayer house at Ikot Iya village instead of being taken to a hospital.”
When interviewed, Okokon admitted to the crime saying: “I beat my daughter but she did not die when I stopped beating her; it was after I stopped beating her that her mother told me that she was having stomach upset”.
Similarly, the state police boss confirmed that his operatives also arrested a syndicate responsible for pipeline vandalism.
Durosinmi said: “On 16th December 2022, at about 14 00hrs at Inua Eyet Mkpanak Village in Ibeno Local Government Area, SIB operatives arrested some members of a syndicate that specialized in vandalizing petroleum pipeline.
“Those arrested are Oboh Effiong Effanga, 45, of Oboton village in Odukpani Local Government Area, and the youth president of Inua Eyet Mkpanak; Gabriel Akpan Owong Etim, 35, of Mkpanak II, also a youth president. Others are Ezekiel Akpan Johnson and Prosper, both of Mkpanak village in Ibeno Local Government Area.”
CP Durosinmi alleged that the quartet and others at large were responsible for vandalising a pipeline belonging to Energy Oil Nigeria Company on the 16th of October 2022.
Reiterating his commitment to making Akwa Ibom safe, the Commissioner of Police averred that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.