How 62-Year-Old Man Defiled 5-Year-Old Girl With N20

There was reportedly pandemonium in Akute Odo, in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, after a 62-year-old man, identified only as Wadada, allegedly defiled a five-year-old girl.

According to report, the five years old girl, who stayed with her mother in a church, had gone to fetch water at the suspect’s borehole, when she was defiled and allegedly pacified with N20.

It was gathered that the girl’s mother, on seeing the money, reportedly queried her daughter how she got the money and she confessed that it was given to her by the suspect after defiling her.

On hearing thus some residents in anger reportedly seized Wadada whom they dragged before the traditional ruler of the community.

According to a resident, while speaking on condition of anonymity, the girl’s mother was asked to allow the community handle the case. While adding that the single mother was threatened with eviction from her church abode if she went public with the matter or reported to the police, the resident noted that the suspect had been caught many times in the past for a similar offence.

“The girl’s father is late. She stays with her mother in a church in the neighborhood. The man has a borehole around the church, where he sells water to people.

“The girl was sent on an errand when he lured her on Friday. He inserted his fingers into her private parts and broke her hymen, as blood gushed out. He tried to use a piece of cloth to clean up the blood and gave her N20.

“When she returned home, her mother saw the money and asked where she got it from. She said Wadada gave her. She asked what she did for him to warrant such a kind gesture. She did not want to talk initially, but later opened up. Her mother opened her pants and found bloodstains in her private parts.”

According to the source, when the suspect was challenged, he owned up to the crime and was allegedly taken before the traditional ruler of the community, while the victim’s mother was asked not to inform the police, as she also confessed helplessness over lack of funds.

While speaking on the matter another source who disclosed that Wadada from Ogun State, was a serial child molester, said that he was protected by the community because he was a native.

“The last time he was caught, he was asked to sign an undertaking that if he was caught again, he would be banished from the community and he would forfeit his property.

“So, when he was caught this time, the community appeared to be more interested in banishing him and selling off his property than giving the victim justice and maybe compensation.

“The community leaders have been telling the mother to allow them handle it the traditional way. The woman also agreed because she did not know the implication of what the man did to her daughter,” the source disclosed.

But later on some residents were reported to have counselled the mother on the implications and assisted her with transport fare to the nearest police station where the case was reported.

It was also gathered that there were pressures on the police to drop the case against the suspect, but a human rights lawyer, Okere Onyekachi, who said he already spoke with the Divisional Crime Officer and the Investigating Police Officer, noted that they assured him that justice would be done.

“The IPO told me that they would not drop the case because they also got information that it was the eighth time that he would be committing the offence.

“I told them that the offence was against the state and they should not allow anything to sway them from the path of justice. The police said they would do their best because they even foot the bills for the medical tests.”

According to report, the case has since been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Eleweran, Abeokuta. While all efforts to get the state police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, to comment on the case since Monday has proved abortive.

But while confirming the case, the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Dolapo Badmos, who noted that it had been transferred to the SCIID, Eleweran said;

“We learnt that it was not his first time, although the previous cases were not reported to the police. He usually tricked his victims with small things. We will ensure justice is served. The case has been transferred to the SCIID, Eleweran.”

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