71-year-old arrested for raping a 7-year-old girl

A 71-year-old man, Alhaji Ganiyu Kolawole, has been arrested by the Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for allegedly raping a seven-year-old girl at Mission Road, Ayetoro Street, Oba-Ile, Akure.

Public Relations Officer of the corps, Kayode Balogun, told newsmen on Thursday that the incident occurred on Tuesday when the girl was returning from school.

The victim (name withheld), a primary one pupil of St. Paul Annex Primary School, told the NSCDC that she was returning from school and had wanted to drink water from a nearby well.

She said Kolawole, who lives near the well, carried her inside his room, covered her mouth with his hand and pushed her on the bed.

She further said that after the act, the suspect cleaned her up with a cloth as she was bleeding.

But the suspect denied having carnal knowledge of the minor, arguing that he only gave the girl biscuits on her request.

But Balogun insisted that the girl was raped. He said she had undergone a test at the general hospital, where it was confirmed that she was raped.

“Officers of the corps went to the house of the suspect for investigation and the inhabitants of the area said the suspect had been jailed before for raping another girl in that area,” Balogun said.

He added that the suspect would be arraigned in court when the investigations were concluded.