Gospel singer held over nine-year-old girl’s defilement


Police have arrested a 49-year-old popular gospel artiste, Mr. Anthony Okhoria, in Benin, Edo State, for allegedly defiling a nine-year-old girl.

Okhoria reportedly had carnal knowledge of a daughter of one of his tenants at Ekpoma in Esan West Local Government Area.

He was among suspects such as kidnappers, cultists, armed robbers and others nabbed during raids in parts of the state and paraded by the police at the state command headquarters in Benin.

The suspect, however, denied ever having carnal knowledge of the girl.

Okhoria told journalists that he did not indulge in any illicit relationship with the victim’s mother and her sisters who attempted to seduce him.

According to him, the victim’s mother and her children tried several times to seduce him to sleep with them in order not to pay house rent to him but he resisted them.

The suspect also explained that the girl he was alleged to have defiled came to rub his legs while he was asleep in his bedroom.

He said: “My wife and children are not around. I did not defile anybody. They (victim, mother and others) rented my apartment in 2017 through the Christ Embassy Church. The mother was trying to seduce me and I refused her. Her first daughter also tried by sucking my breast but I did not succumb. They were supposed to pay her rent this month but the woman and her children started seducing me so that they will not pay.

“She came and told me that the church said they could not pay for her again and asked if I did not like her. I said no. I did not agree. It got to a stage she would enter my bedroom after I just finished taking my bath. I would ask her to go but she would refuse and still be talking. She has four girls and all of them tried to seduce me.

“I was shocked when she said I slept with her little daughter. They come to my sitting room to suck my breast. I would report to their mother, she would say they were just playing with me. The nine-year-old daughter also came to my bedroom and was rubbing my legs but I did not touch her because I am a Christian.”

The police also paraded a 39-year-old man, Shaibu Nurudeen, who allegedly infected a 13-year-old girl with a sexually transmitted disease.

Shaibu said he was arrested after the girl informed her parents that he infected her after having intercourse with her.

The state Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, said the suspects confessed to the crimes and would soon be charged to court.

Culled from New Telegraph

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