A 42-year-old tailor who defiled and impregnated a 13-year-old girl says she is girlfriend and had paid her bride price to her parents.
Punch reports that after putting the minor in the family way, Emmanuel allegedly approached her parents and gave them the sum of N80, 000 purportedly for the dowry of the girl who is Junior Secondary School (JJS1).
The crime was reported to the police by the teenager's school management after the girl opened up after it was discovered that she was pregnant.
However, when he was paraded at the state command headquarters in Ikeja on Wednesday, March 29, Emmanuel said the girl was his girlfriend and had been dating her with the consent of her parents.
“I have two children, but my wife and I are divorced. I don’t know the girl’s age, but she is more than 13. I met with her parents that I wanted to marry her and they agreed.
We had started some traditional arrangements in preparation for the wedding and I had paid them about N80, 000.
I was surprised yesterday (Tuesday) when her mother called me on the telephone to come. On getting there, she said somebody reported to the school authorities that her daughter was too young for marriage.
That was why the school took it up. The girl and I have been together for over eight months now. I had sex with her twice before she became pregnant.”
A police source, however, refuted the suspect's claim, saying that he actually lured the girl while she was hawking plantain in the neighbourhood and had carnal knowledge of her without her consent.
“The girl is 13-years-old. Her mother was here yesterday (Tuesday) and she said she did not know the suspect. She said the girl hawked plantain and the man was one of her customers. He just gave her N500 and raped her,” the source said.
Confirming the incident, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Fatai Owoseni, frowned upon the incessant cases of rape in the state and insisted that the suspect would be charged to court after investigation.