“When I sighted the girl near my compound my body changed and the devil ministered to me that the girl would be like her elder sister who I earlier dated and I quickly called her inside my room.”
These were the words of a 39 year old man, Nurudeen Owolabi, from Ilorin, Kwara state, who allegedly defiled a 12 year old primary school pupil inside his house at No 5 Alhaji Yinusa Street Bariga, Lagos.
Owolabi who is cooling off in a cell of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, Ikeja, Lagos blamed the devil for misleading him.
According to him, since her elder sister relocated out of Lagos his eyes had been on her younger sister because her elder sister gave him great joy in bed.
He told our reporter that he summoned the courage to tell the 12 year old girl his intention to.date her when she attained a ripe age to replace her sister and the girl agreed.
The Ilorin born suspect said that it was in line with the sealed agreement between them that he went ahead to buy biscuits for the girl.
He noted that the relationship between them was cordial and smooth though the parents of the girl who live in the next yard to his were not privy to it.
”Honestly, I was waiting for next year to start with her but on April 14 when I saw her wearing one dress, I lost control and all my body stood up and I lured her into my room and asked her to make love with me and she consented. I hurriedly pulled off her clothes and had carnal knowledge of her but she did not cry instead I noticed she enjoyed it which even made me to wonder whether I am the first person. After that she left but did not clean her body well. I suspect that was how her mother discovered and queried her.”
He confirmed to us that the girl was sent on an undisclosed errand in his own yard when he lured her into his room.
Pleading for mercy, Owolabi said the incident has taught him the lesson of his life as his fiance who he planned to marry may no longer accept him.
He said “I have now known the voice of the devil and it will never again deceive me.”
Speaking on the issue, Commissioner of Police in Lagos state, Mr Fatai Owoseni, decried the rate at which young girls are frequently abused, noting that a high number of rape cases in Lagos occur in the Bariga area of the state.
The police boss said the victim (names withheld) has been traumatised as a result of the act and is currently being medically attended to at Mirabel Medical Centre.
In another case, a 36 year old man, Imeh Akpan, who was arrested by the police in Lagos for allegedly having carnal knowledge of his 15 year-old step-sister has said he did that under the influence of alcohol.
The suspect, who resides at the Obalende area of the state claimed to have been drunk when he committed the act.
Our reporter gathered that the suspect had been sleeping with the little girl, from when she was five, until she is now 15.
Akpan who blamed the act on the devil, stressed that he took the alcohol at a friend’s child naming ceremony, where he took different kinds of drinks which later influenced his action.
Hear him “when I returned from the party that fateful day, I did not know when I removed my clothes and raped her; there was nobody at home that night. Sincerely speaking, I was under the influence of alcohol otherwise, how could I sleep with a little girl like that, I am married, I brought her up why would I rape somebody who has been living with me from when she was just five years. All that happened to me is the work of the devil.”
The victim whose name was withheld told our correspondent that his uncle had slept with her twice.
She said: “The first time he slept with me I was about fourteen years old then, while the second time was last week when my aunty, his wife, was not around. After the first incident, I reported it to my aunty when she came back from her travelling, but when my aunty confronted her husband on why he slept with me, he denied it and even threatened to send me packing from the house. It was my aunty who begged him to spare me and the matter was resolved.
The victim however said, to her surprise her aunty’s husband did not stop at that, stressing that whenever her aunty was not at home, her husband always wanted to sleep with her. On the present incident, “when he returned from the party, he tore my pants and pounced on me, I struggle with him but he over powered me.”
The victim said that after the incident that night she ran out of the house to a neigbhour’s apartment to beg for phone to call her mother, but the neighbor said she was out of call card.
She said: “I ran to the junction of our street where I met a man who after explaining everything to him offered to help me and took me to hotel so as to pass the night. But when I tried to sleep I saw my aunty’s husband in my dream so I could not close my eyes. When it was 3am the man that wanted to help came to me and promised to help me, but almost raped me again.”
She added that, it was her screams that alerted the management of the hotel who came and rescued her from the grip of the man who had earlier promised to assist her. “Immediately, I left the hotel that night. It was when I was walking on the street that I saw policemen who were on patrol who came to my rescue and my aunty’s husband was later arrested after I narrated the whole issue to them.”