Four persons, including a 49-year-old blind gospel singer, Anthony Okhiria, were on Monday paraded by the Edo state police command for allegedly defiling minors.
The other persons were Odaro Archimiedis (38), Shaibu Nurudeen and Endurance Okon (29).
Okhiria allegedly defiled the nine-year-old daughter of his tenant, at house number 9, Isidahomen Street, Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Area of Edo state.
He however denied having canal knowledge of the minor.
According to him: “I didn’t defile anybody. I am a musician, I sing gospel music. My senior brother inherited the house from our father, but he lives in Lagos, so, I am the one in charge.
“The mother and her four girls live in my house, their church used to pay their rent. One day, she came to tell me that the church said they are not going to pay the rent again.
“The woman did not want to pay me, she wanted to seduce me, but I did not agree. One day, she told me that she suspects that I like her, but I told she is not the one to tell me that I like her.
“The children also used to come into my room, doing all sorts of nonsense and I will chase than away. I reported to the woman, but she will reply that the children are playing with me, but I told her that I don’t like that kind of play because I am a Christian.
“The nine year-old-girl sometimes comes into my bedroom while sleeping, she will be touching my legs. The mother also do come into my bedroom.
“It got to a stage that whenever I am applying body cream after bathing, this woman will come into my sitting room, see my nakedness, instead of going away, she will stay.
“One day, she just came to me and said that her nine-year-old daughter said I was sleeping with her. I was shocked.
“I feel so bad seeing myself in this mess. I did not defile her, it is a lie,” he said.
On his part, Endurance Okon was accused of defiling six-year-old Success Imen, daughter of his neighbour.
The suspect was arrested at Okada, Ovia North East Local Government area.
He however denied having canal knowledge of the minor, saying that he only inserted his finger into her sex organ.
“I did not sleep with her, my mind did not just go there. There are many people in my house. When she came into my room, she did not sit down, I only put my finger,” he said.
Also on parade was 29-year-old Shaibu Nurudeen, for allegedly defiling 12 year old Mariam Mohammed.
Nurudeen who was arrested at Agbede, Etsako West Local Government Area of the state, denied committing the offence.
He said: “The girl used to live in our house about two years before, but later relocated to Benin. Two years after, they came to tell me that the girl has an infection, and that I was the one who had sex with her.
“I told them I did not have sex with her, she lied against me.”