Man Rapes Neighbour’s 13-Year-Old Daughter In Lagos

An electrician identified as Emeka Okoroafor has been arrested for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old- pupil on Baale Street, in the Ijora Badia area of Lagos State.

The suspect reportedly lured the primary two pupils into his apartment twice and raped her at knifepoint.

Okoroafor sexually assaulted the 13-year-old for the first time on Thursday, April 19, after he allegedly asked her to bring a bucket into his room.

The following day, when the victim was playing with her friends, 36-year-old Okoroafor reportedly took her into his apartment and raped her again.

It was gathered that the girl’s mother, who had gone to a mosque to observe Asri (4pm prayer) when the incident happened on Friday, returned home and saw her daughter’s slippers at the suspect’s doorstep.

The mother, Asabi Abubakar, said she became suspicious and knocked at the door, but she did not get any response.

She said, “That Friday, I went to observe Asri. I came back to pick something in my room, when I saw my daughter’s slippers in front of Emeka’s (Okoroafor) room. The door to his apartment was locked. I sat in front of the apartment. When my son came, he knocked at his door, but he did not open the door.

“My son peeped into his apartment and saw her under his mattress. We saw sperm on her lap and private parts. I asked my daughter what she was doing with Emeka, she said she was playing hide-and-seek with her friends when Emeka dragged her into his room. She said he showed her a knife, covered her mouth and had sex with her. He is an electrician.”

The woman said the case was reported at the Ijora Police Station and Okoroafor was arrested, adding that the suspect told the police that he and the girl were lovers.

“He said she was his girlfriend and that he had slept with her four times. But my daughter said it was twice – Thursday and Friday – and that he threatened to stab her if she revealed the secret. We took her to Mirabel Centre in Ikeja and it was confirmed that she was raped,” she said.

A neighbour, Adeyinka Olowogbowo, said the girl was at home on those days because the school just resumed and her parents believed that there would not be major academic activities at the school.

“While we were knocking at the door, he did not open the door. He kept the girl under his mattress. She was crying. She said he threatened him with a knife. We were told at the Mirabel Centre that she had lost her virginity,” she added.

The victim, who spoke in Yoruba, said she could not cry for help because the suspect covered her mouth and threatened to stab her.

“I am in primary two. On Thursday (April 19), he asked me to bring a bucket for him. He said he wanted to use it to bath. As I wanted to give him, he took me into his room and brought out a knife and threatened to kill me. He removed my pants, covered my mouth with a piece of cloth and slept with me. On Friday, as I was playing, he took me inside again and did the same thing.”

A child rights organisation, which is following the case, Esther Child Rights Foundation, said it had been brought to the attention of the Office of the Public Defender, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, for proper prosecution.

The head of the organisation, Esther Ogwu, urged parents, especially those who have bachelors as neighbours, to be vigilant about the movement of their children.


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