Four persons, including a 49-year-old blind gospel singer, Anthony Okhiria, were paraded by Edo State Police Command yesterday, 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 9, Isidahomen Street, Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Area of the state.
He, however, denied having carnal 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 I am 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. Seeing me naked, 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.”
On his part, Endurance Okon was accused of defiling a six-year-old daughter of his neighbour.
The suspect was arrested at Okada, Ovia North-East Local Government Area.
He, however, denied the accusation, saying he only inserted his finger into her sex organ.
“I did not sleep with her, my mind did not just go that one. 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.