Man Rapes Seven-Year-Old Girl In FESTAC, Lagos (Photo)



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A trader at a market on 23 Road,
FESTAC Town, Lagos, Ikechukwu
Alu, has been arrested by the
police for the alleged abduction
and rape of a seven-year-old
girl, Victoria. It was learnt that the victim had
been sent on an errand to buy a
voucher (recharge card), but she
misplaced it while returning
home.
On getting home, she was reportedly chased out to look
for the recharge card during
which the 25-year-old suspect
abducted her on Adeola Street in
Amuwo Odofin, where she lives,
and took her to a shop in a nearby market.
Alu reportedly made the girl to
pass the night in the shop and
allegedly raped her.
PUNCH Metro learnt that as he left
the shop around 5am the following day, some residents
around the area saw him, with
Victoria strapped to his back.
The residents, who are aware
Alu does not have a child,
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.
Our correspondent learnt that
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.
A test carried out on her at the
centre reportedly confirmed that
she was raped. The suspect reportedly told 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. Alu was brought before an
Apapa Magistrate’s Court on one
count of rape by a police
prosecutor, Francisca Job.
Job told the court, presided over
by Magistrate A.O. Adegbite, 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.