A 23 years- old man called Abel Goodnews has been arrested for defiling a six-year-old girl (Names withheld).
The suspect, a resident of No 10, Dendeke street, Bariga,Lagos, was said to have taken undue advantage of the girl who had gone into his room with her younger brother to watch television.
Noticing the atmosphere was in his favour few minutes after the girl’s brother had left the room, leaving his sister behind, Goodnews hurriedly took advantage of the girl, who was watching a movie with keen interest.
According to information, the suspect tactically dropped the window blinds and to avoid neighbours knowing the girl was in his room, he removed her sandals from the corridor into his room after which he defiled the poor girl.
Goodnews’ evil act was later exposed when the girl’s mother came back and her daughter started complaining of pains in her private part and stomach.
The girl’s mother,after examining her daughter and realising that she had been defiled,asked her daughter questions and got to know that it was Goodness, her neighbour that perpetrated the evil act.
The issue was immediately reported to the Officer In Charge of Human Right/JWC at Bariga police station and the suspect was swiftly arrested.
During interrogation, the suspect claimed it was the girl that ‘romanced’ him. “She was the one that started romancing me so I used my penis to rub her private part but I didn’t penetrate hardly so the pain couldn’t have been much.” The suspect claimed.
The victim’s father who seem to be wallowing in poverty, after much pleading from the suspect’s family, agreed to withdraw the case because he was offered some cash.
Meanwhile, the attention of the child protection coordinator of Shomolu local government, Comrade Toyin Okanlawon was called to the rape situation and he frowned at the father of the girl for making an attempt to prevent justice by collecting money as compensation for his daughter’s defilement.
Okanlawon said with reference to the increase of such cases in Shomolu-Bariga, the child protection network will make sure much sensitization program is domesticated in various communities within the local government and its environ.
The case has been transferred to the gender unit in the best interest of the child and for a thorough investigation. The case will be charged to court soon.