A 31-year-old mechanic identified as Yusuf Abdullahi now faces prosecution after he was nabbed for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl in the Popo Giwa area of Ilorin, Kwara State.
The suspect was arrested by operatives of the Gender Unit of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence CorpS (NSCDC) while molesting the minor, who lives in the same house with him.
The spokesman for the NSCDC in the state, Babawale Afolabi, who confirmed the incident, said the victim had been taken to hospital for treatment.
He said; “This case was reported to the Gender Unit of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps on Saturday, May 15, 2021.It happened around 10.30am when Yusuf Abdullahi, 31, was caught by one of our officers at the Kaiama Division having carnal knowledge of the 11-years-old girl at Atako compound, Popo Giwa area, Ilorin.”
The suspect, a father of three, said he was sleeping when the little girl came to wake him up to ask for his phone, adding that he willingly brought out the phone and played an Indian film for her, which aroused him.
He stated, “I live at Atako compound, Popo Giwa area of Ilorin with my wife and three children. My wife has just put to bed and we are staying in the same house with the minor. I was sleeping when the girl came in and woke me up, she requested my phone and I willingly played an Indian film for her; that was how the incident happened.
“I was only fondling her and I hadn’t gained access to her private parts,” the suspect claimed.