Four suspects have been arrested by the Oyo State Police Command for allegedly raping an 11-year-old secondary school pupil in the NNPC area of Ibadan. The girl was raped on Saturday by the men while hawking detergent for her mother.
It was learnt that two men on a commercial motorcycle had approached the victim and told her that they wanted to buy three sachets of the product, which cost N50 each.
It was gathered that after the men offered her N500 and she said she did not have change. The men told her to come with them to a location where she would collect her money.
After rejecting the idea, she was said to have been held and dragged to an uncompleted building where two other men were waiting. A source in the area said the minor was raped by the four men. She said,
“The girl was able to identify her attackers which led to their arrest.”
The source, however, added that there was an attempt to cover up the crime, as the mother of the victim was offered money to keep quiet.
“The mother had separated from her husband. They have three children together and the victim is one of them. When she threatened to report to the police, they threatened to beat her up and later offered her money to keep quiet about the crime. One of the rapists has connection with the police and also boasted that even if she reported them, they would not be arrested. They didn’t show remorse for their sin,” the source added.
The Public Relations Officer for the state command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, who confirmed the arrest, said investigation had begun and that the suspects would be charged to court if found guilty.
He said, “The case was reported by the mother of the victim. Because of the seriousness of the crime, the state Commissioner of Police, Samuel Adegbuyi, directed that the case should be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department of the command for a thorough investigation.”