Ini Billie Uyo
The Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Okoita, Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area has sentenced a Prophet, Anwana Peter Essien to 21 years in prison for raping his 10-year-old stepdaughter.
It was gathered that the 37-year-old prophet, raped his Junior Secondary School I stepdaughter on August 9, 2019, when the victim and her younger sister stayed in the stepfather’s house at Itiam Street, Uyo, during the holiday.
The convict, an indigene of Afaha Ise in Ibiono Ibom had confessed during his evidence that a demon ‘pushed’ him in the midnight to forcefully undress the victim and had unlawful carnal knowledge with her.
Essien said, “I know the victim of this case. She is my wife’s daughter. In the month of August 2019, she came to my house at Itiam Street, Uyo. I gave her food and she ate then after eating, I told her to remove her clothes but she refused.
“I forced her and removed her clothes. I was the one that used my hand and removed my penis and forcefully inserted it into her vagina and had carnal knowledge of her. When I was having sex with her, I did not use any condom”.
In his judgement, Presiding Judge, Justice Okon Okon held that the confession was, “direct, positive and unequivocal that the randy stepfather had sexual intercourse with his stepdaughter.
“The parameters established for the proof of rape, have all been satisfied by the evidence of the prosecution witnesses, including the victim and the medical doctor who examined her, fortified by the confessional statement voluntarily made by the accused person himself.
“It is most despicable and depressing, that the supposed man of God overpowered and defiled an innocent child of about ten years who is incidentally, his own stepdaughter.
“The defendant lacks any claim of moral rectitude having thrown overboard, the limits of his liberties by shamelessly stripping and polluting the dignity, chastity and sanctity of his stepdaughter’s body and totally disregarding her underage status”.
Justice Okon found Anwana Essien guilty as charged and accordingly convicted him, adding that the 21 years imprisonment is with effect from when the convict was taken into custody in the Custodial Centre, Uyo.
The convict, however, begged the Court to release him, as he has a son that has nobody to take care of him.