A man identified as Chijioke Nwakor who left Aniocha local government area, Anambra State in search of green pasture, is currently cooling his heels in police cell at Cross River State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Police headquarters Diamond Hill, Calabar, after he was arrested for allegedly raping a nine-year-old girl, Alice Eneji, a primary 2 pupil of Saint Patrick’s School, Okuku to death.

The 20-year-old suspect told the Officer-in-charge (OC) of the Homicide unit at the state CID, Mr. Joseph Inuyashe that he recently relocated to Okuku-Yala local government, Cross River state to stay with his indigent parents and had abstained from women and his first attempt at having an affair ended in tragedy.

Narrating the incident, he said “I used to see the girl everyday in Okuku-Yala where I stay with my parents. I don’t know what pushed me last Monday to approach the girl for sex.”

The man said he was returning home that fateful day when he sighted Alice playing with three boys at the Saint Patrick’s Primary School football field and he felt obliged to stop and advise her against playing with boys who may defile her adding that the advise took an amorous dimension as rain started drizzling and they had to take shelter in one of the school’s buildings.

 “I discussed with her and she accepted. So, I took her to one of the abandoned buildings that has been overtaken by weeds where I told her to remove her pants and she complied. After Alice removed her pants, I told her to bend down because the place is too dirty. The uncompleted building is now used as a toilet, because most people living around there don’t have toilets,” he said.

Chijioke said the deceased started crying and complaining of pain during the sexual encounter but I assumed she was only pretending, “like most girls usually pretend even when they are not feeling any pain,” and a few minutes later, she slumped and became unconscious after which he started calling for help.

According to Chijioke who spoke amidst sobs, the late Alice was rushed to hospital while he went round the community sourcing for money to foot the hospital bills and it was while he was still at it that he received a phone call that she had died.