A trader at a market on 23 Road, FESTAC Town, Lagos, has been arrested for the alleged abduction and r*pe of a seven-year-old girl in Lagos.
The suspect, Ikechukwu-Ani
The gallant officers of the Nigeria police have arrested a 25-year-old trader, Ikechukwu Alu, at a market on 23 Road, FESTAC Town, Lagos, for the alleged abduction and r*pe of a 7-year-old girl, Victoria who was sent on an errand to buy recharge card, but misplaced it while returning home.
According to a report on Punch, on getting home, the victim was reportedly chased out to look for the recharge card during which the suspect abducted her on Adeola Street in Amuwo Odofin, where she lives, and took her to a shop in a nearby market, and made her pass the night in the shop where he allegedly r*ped her.
It was gathered that as he left the shop around 5:00am the following day, some residents around the area saw him with Victoria strapped to his back and reportedly queried him on how he came about the girl.
When he could not give a genuine explanation, they were said to have poured ashes on him and alerted the police at the FESTAC division, who picked him up.
The little girl, Victoria told the police that the suspect “put his thing (manhood) in my bum-bum” and was subsequently taken to the Mirabel Centre at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, where a test was carried out on her and it was confirmed that she was r*ped.
The suspect confessed to the police that he had met the girl crying on Adeola Street and asked her what was wrong.
“She said her parent sent her to buy a recharge card, but it got missing and as a result she was chased out. I told her to follow me to a place and promised to take her home afterwards. She agreed and that was how I took her to the shop. We only slept together; I didn’t touch her,” he said.
A police prosecutor, Francisca Job arraigned Alu before an Apapa Magistrate’s Court presided over by Magistrate A.O. Adegbite on one count of r*pe, saying that the offence contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The charge read, “That you, Ikechukwu Alu, on May 24, 2016, at about 5am at 23 Road, FESTAC Town, Lagos, in the Apapa Magisterial District, did unlawfully defile a seven-year-old girl, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 138 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.”
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge and elected summary trial.
The magistrate, Adegbite, admitted him to bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum, adding that the sureties’ residential addresses and evidence of tax payments made to Lagos State must be verified by the prosecution.
The case was adjourned till August 11, 2016