by Chinwe Okafor
Ishau Arowolo has been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly raping a 10-year-old girl, Sofiatu Akilolu, to death.
According to reports by Punch, the incident apparently happened when the suspect decided to lurk in the bush in the community where he saw his soon to be victim and pounced on her, raping her and then dumping her body in the river before crying death by drowning.
Sofiatu had been sent by her parents to a river in the area to fetch water when she was ambushed by her attacker.
Luckily for the deceased, she was accompanied by a friend, identified simply as Abibatu, who when the incident happened, alerted the community that Sofiatu was being raped in a bush.
Apparently, it isnt the first time little girls would go to fetch water at the river called Agude. On that day, the two girls met Ishau (Arowolo) and greeted him.
During her narration, Abiatu said they observed he was coming behind them. Suddenly, he grabbed Sofiatu and entered into a bush to carry out the act.
According to the Police, “When we got to the place, we did not find both of them, except their clothes and shoes. We began to comb the forest, until someone raised the alarm that Arowolo was hiding in the river. When we checked, he was found and pulled out.
“Minutes later, we also found Sofiatu. He might have drowned the girl after he raped her. She was unconscious, while blood was dripping from her private parts.”
Sofiatu was taken out of the river and rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was confirmed dead.
Angry youths, who learnt of the girl’s death, reportedly beat up Arowolo, but they were said to have been prevented from lynching him by elders.
The little girl has been buried and Arowolo charged to court on several counts.