Officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, in Akure, the Ondo State capital, have arrested a 71-year-old man, Alhaji Ganiyu Kolawole for allegedly defiling a seven-year-old primary one pupil (names withheld).
The suspect, who is a night guard and farmer, is said to be fond of defiling children, having being jailed just recently for a similar offence.
The suspect was said to be living alone in a dilapidated house on Mission Road, Ayetoro Street, Oba-Ile, Akure where he allegedly committed the act.
The victim was lured by the suspect into his room with biscuits as the unsuspecting girl was returning from school, Tuesday, and was said to be famished.
She was said to have crossed the road to drink water from a well along her route but when she discovered that the water was dirty she continued her journey home when the suspect beckoned on her.
The girl reportedly went to the suspect who was sitting in front of his house and was lured into the room where she was defiled.
The suspect who hails from Benue State, was said to have connived with another suspect now at large.
Confirming the arrest and detention of the suspect, the image maker of the NSCDC, Mr Kayode Balogun, said: “When Alhaji was interviewed, he said the girl approached him to buy her biscuits as she was hungry which he bought for her and denied r*ping the girl.”
He said during investigation, it was however discovered that the suspect is a serial r*pist who had been jailed for r*ping another girl in the community.
“When officers of the corps went to the house of the accused for investigation, the residents of the area testified that the man was fond of raping children and had been jailed before for r*ping a girl in the area,” Balogun said.
He added that after the matter was reported to the agency, the girl was taken to the general hospital where it was confirmed she had been defiled.
“Investigation is still ongoing as the man is still in our custody and will be taken to court.”