by S’ola Filani
A 29 year old Lagosian, Julius, who lived in a rented apartment on Obafalabi Street, Ojodu Berger area of Lagos, has been arrested by the Lagos state police command for raping a seven-year-old girl, damaging her private parts and distorting her urination.
According to reports, Julius tricked the little girl (a primary one pupil and daughter of Julius’s co-tenant) into his room on a Saturday night and had illegal carnal knowledge of her.
The victim’s mother, a northerner who hails from Kebbi State, said “On that evening, when we came back from the mosque, she could not bend down properly. I asked her where she went and she initially lied, but later said she had been in his room.
Upon interrogation by her parents, the girl was said to have confessed that she was coming from Julius’s room, where he allegedly asked her to remove her pants, while he climbed on her and raped her. After the confession, the parents were said to have reported the incident at the Ojodu Abiodun Division and Julius was arrested.
“She said the man asked her to remove her pants, and he put his organ into her, stating that he was just playing with her. I then asked her to repeat the same to her daddy when he came back. But in the morning when we confronted Julius, he denied it. Then we called our family nurse, who came, tested her, and confirmed that she had been raped.
“That same day, we took her to a private hospital where the doctor also confirmed that she had been raped the day before, and on several occasions. So, we reported at the police station. From that day, I observed she could not hold her urine.
“A girl who had stopped bed-wetting suddenly began to urinate during sleep. The medical personnel said there was a damage to her private parts that needed to be treated. That was how she resumed treatment at the hospital.”
The Lagos State Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Lelma Kolle, confirmed the report saying “The suspect was arrested by the Ojodu Abiodun Police Division in connection with the rape of a seven-year-old girl who had some wounds on her and could not urinate properly.
“But the case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba for further investigation. The suspect is presently being detained at the SCID.”