The suspect was found in his apartment by the girl's mother, who let out a scream that attracted neighbours who almost lynched him.
SP Ahmed Musa, the Divisional Police Officer for Zaria confirmed the arrest of Francis who was paraded on Friday, October 14, 2016 in a statement.
“I received a phone call at about 3pm on Thursday from one of our staff, Kamal Aliyu, who lived in the same compound with the accused and the parents of victim.
“I immediately mobilised our men to the scene.
“When they arrived at the house, they discovered that people had nearly lynched the accused, but for Aliyu, who locked him up in his room after persuading the crowd,” he said.
The mother of the victim said she was preparing to visit a school when the incident occurred.
She went into the suspect's apartment where she made a shocking discovery where Francis was found having carnal knowledge of her daughter.
A police officer reportedly saved him from being lynched by neighbours, she said.
“We reside in the same compound with Emmanuel and my children used to call him Uncle Emmanuel.
“I was preparing to proceed to Islamiyya School, only to find out that the girl was not around.
“I knew she used to go to his room to play with his younger sister because they stay together.
“When I went into the room, I saw Emmanuel on top of my daughter.
“There and then I shouted; people who gathered wanted to lynch him but a security man saved his life."
Meanwhile, Musa has disclosed that the suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.