Police operatives in Ogun State have arrested a 20-year-old man, Hammed Lawal, who has allegedly defiled an 11-year-old girl in a local bathroom at Aiyepe Ijebu, Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The command’s spokesperson, Omolola Odutola, who confirmed the incident in a statement made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, the State capital, said the suspect is currently in police net at the Odogbolu police headquarters.
According to Odutola, the victim’s father reported at Odogbolu division that Lawal, a resident of 5, Aba quarters, “unlawfully had carnal knowledge of his daughter inside his bathroom.”
The parent told the police that the suspect had been “harassing his daughter sexually for a long time, but he did not mention what steps he took to scare the suspect off his daughter.”
Odutola stated that the defiled girl had been taken to Odogbolu General Hospital for medical examination, emotional therapy and counselling.
While warning that Section 218 of the Criminal Code Act stipulates life imprisonment for any person who has unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under the age of 13 years, Odutola expressed concern that in the penultimate week, “not less than four defilement cases were reported.”
She added that this has prompted the State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu, to advise parents to embrace authoritative and supporting style of parenting skills which in the long run would build obedience, discipline and confidence in their children.