A man, identified as Chinego Wasiu, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl, Favour (pseudonym) in the Boundary, Ajegunle area of the state.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Wasiu, who was nabbed by the Ajegunle Police Division after the rape, also allegedly led a gang of thugs to Favour’s house to beat up the father.
Wasiu was said to have threatened to inflict injuries on the victim’s family if they made a noise about the rape. Our correspondent gathered that around 9.30pm last Monday, Favour was sent on an errand to buy noodles and a candle from a shop.
It was learnt that Wasiu had accosted the teenager and raped her, warning her not to disclose the incident to anyone.
It was gathered that the family, however, reported the matter at the police station on Tuesday, and the police launched a manhunt for the suspect.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Wasiu on Tuesday allegedly led a gang of hoodlums to the victim’s father’s house on Alayabiagba Street, and injured him with broken bottles.
It was gathered that the suspect on Wednesday appeared again and was said to have threatened to kill the family members if they followed up the matter with the police.
Favour’s older brother, who gave his name only as Simeon, said Wasiu covered her sister’s mouth with clothes while he raped her, adding that the family members had reported at the Juvenile Welfare Department of the police station.
He said, “My sister had been sent to buy a candle and noodles in the neighbourhood. It was some minutes before 10pm. She was accosted by the rapist, and when she raised the alarm, he covered her mouth with clothes and raped her.
“The annoying part was that the man came to our house and threatened to deal with us if we made a noise over the incident. He came with thugs and beat up my father. He was injured; broken bottles were used on him.
“The suspect threatened to kill me too. I took pictures of the broken bottles and my father’s bloodstained clothes. We reported at the Ajegunle division and the case is presently at the Juvenile Welfare Department of the station.”
A social worker with the Child Protection Network, Toyin Okhlagogo, who assisted the girl to the Mirabel Centre for treatment, said, “The girl was raped in the Boundary area while running an errand for her family. The girl’s family threatened to take the suspect’s family up on the matter. The suspected rapist allegedly came with partners in crime to beat up the victim’s father. He was injured. The victim had been taken to the Mirabel Centre for medical examination.”
Our correspondent gathered that while Wasiu had been arrested, some of his gang members were still on the run.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed Wasiu’s arrest.
She added that investigation was “still ongoing on the case of rape.”