Former Special Adviser on BioDiversity and one time Commissioner of Information in Cross River, Edet Okon Asim, has been accused of having sexual intercourse with an underage girl.

The allegations suggest he continuously molested the girl for over 3 years.

The girl, who was aged 12 when the defilement started, was allegedly forced to abort two pregnancies for Asim with consent of her mother and this has led to the puncture of her uterus while carrying out a third abortion.

Findings also show that the girl’s mother - simply identified as Stella is also a mistress to Asim and had approved the illegal relationship.

A source, who pleaded anonymity, said Stella was married to a popular Calabar-based pastor who was a good friend of Asim and bore two children for the deceased man of God.

“Since the death of the pastor, Asim has been helping the family and is their benefactor for years now. Immediately the girl started maturing, he took interest and started sleeping with both of them (daughter and mother)", the source claims.

It was also learned that the victim, who is a student of the Federal Government Girls College, Calabar was reportedly cautioned by her mother not to divulge any information while collaborating with the former commissioner.

Speaking on the issue, Principal Counsel, Basic Rights Council Initiative (BCRI) and Child’s Right Activist, James Ibor said the third abortion for Asim was poorly carried out by a quack.

“The former Mayor of Calabar and Special Adviser to Governor Ayade has been sexually abusing the girl for many years even before she became a teenager. But the third abortion on the victim exposed the unholy act.

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“From the examination that has been carried out so far, preliminary results have shown that the girl’s uterus has been partially perforated and she may likely not be able to conceive again.

”The victim's teacher discovered and shared the story on a WhatsApp page where rights activist and the founder of Project Alert, a non-governmental organization NGO, which specializes in handling such cases, Josephine Chukwuma, is a subscriber and she called us.

“We had to investigate and informed the police that led to the arrest of Asim and Stella and we have received several calls from various powerful people to step down the matter but the crime is against humanity, the girl needs to be protected.

When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo, confirmed the incident adding that it was really unfortunate.

“We are on top of the matter and we what to get all the facts of the case so to charge the matter to court, we are leaving no stone unturned because the law must take its cause. It doesn’t matter the figure or whose ox is gored justice must be served ,the law must prevail,” she said.

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