Operatives of the Abia State Police Command have arrested one Daniel Emeka, 51, for allegedly defiling a 14-year-old boy identified as Ndubuisi in a hotel room in Aba.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Adeleye Oyebade, who paraded the suspect on Monday at the command headquarters in Umuahia, the state capital, said he was arrested sequel to a tip-off that the suspect lured and abused young boys in his hotel.
Oyebade said Ndubuisi’s mother, Ifeoma, had reported the disappearance of her son on March 24, 2017, after which operatives placed the suspect’s hotel and house under surveillance.
He was reportedly arrested when he attempted to escape to Lagos.
The victim was also rescued.
Emeka admitted to taking Ndubuisi to his hotel room, but denied having sex with him.
He said, “I am a businessman. I come to Aba to buy goods, which I take to Lagos for sale. I do come to Aba with my son, who is 15-year-old. It was my son that brought the boy (Ndubuisi) to our room.
“He told me that the boy was driven away by his mother after a quarrel, and since it was late in the night, I allowed the boy to sleep with us.”
Also paraded by the CP were one 27-year-old Chukwuemeka Obijiaku and Kelechi Udobi, 27, who reportedly gang-raped a 16-year-old girl identified only as Favour at gunpoint.
The police boss stated that the suspects were arrested in their hideout on April 1, 2017, following a complaint by the victim’s mother.
Oyebade stated that the suspects confessed to have accosted the victim while she was returning from an errand and dragged her to an uncompleted building on Charity Avenue, Aba, where they raped her.
“The suspects are assisting with investigation. They will be arraigned as soon as investigation is concluded,” he added.