A 44-year-old church deacon has been arrested by the Lagos Police Command for raping a 7-year-old girl.
But the 44-year-old suspect who was said to have defiled the girl on more than six different times, claims evil forces pushed him into committing the act on the girl who happens to be the daughter of his family friends and neighbours.
It was gathered that because of their closeness, the mother of the girl who is a food vendor, had an arrangement with Udi, Enugu State born Aneke, to be leaving her two daughters with him pending their resumption time at school at 7.45am, due to the fact that she always left home at 6am for her trade while her husband who is a security guard, also left for his place of work at the same time.
It was learnt that one of Aneke’s three daughters, attended the same school with the woman's daughters which made the arrangement to work.
While the suspect's wife who is also a trader equally left the house early for her shop, he was alone with all the children as they prepared for school and he used the opportunity to rape the girl at will.
A police source at the State Command Headquarters’ Gender Office explained how the suspect operated:
“The girl’s mother had been good to him in the past. There was a time he didn’t have a job and it was the woman who fed his four children.
So, since he now had his own job, the woman thought he would reciprocate by assisting her family to get her two daughters to school, along with one of his three daughters attending the same school.
Unfortunately, the man took advantage of the seven-year-old. He would undress her and insert his manhood in her private parts. When he could not penetrate, he would apply his spittle to make it easier.”
Aneke was also said to have warned the girl not to divulge the secret to anyone or he would kill her but after the last act, she opened up to her parents and the matter was reported to policemen at the Bariga Police Division and the suspect was arrested.
The victim was taken to the Mirabel Centre, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, where a test allegedly confirmed that she was defiled and there was a penetration.
Aneke, however, denied raping Ngozi, saying he only attempted to defile her once and when he could not penetrate her, he suspended the action.
“This girl was taught to lie against me. I only attempted to have sex with her once and that was the day she told her parents.
I didn’t even remove her pants. On that day, I shifted her pants sideways and wanted to penetrate, but when I saw it was not possible, I left her and ejaculated outside her private parts.
I am a leader in my church and I don’t want to bring my church into this mess. Even before anybody condemned me, I have already condemned myself and I wish I was not born. I was influenced by evil forces to do this.
I just want to beg for forgiveness from all those I have offended through this action and I just want to die.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Dolapo Badmos, warned parents to be watchful so that their children would not fall victims of abuse.
“We will arraign the suspect at the conclusion of investigations. It is unfortunate that the scourge of rape is on the increase, but we are working to checkmate the activities of paedophiles in our society."