A 10-year-old boy has been arrested alongside a 17-year-old boy and a 22-year-old man, for raping a 7-year-old girl in the Ikorodu area of Lagos. The suspects have all been arraigned before an Ikorordu magistrate court and charged with seven-count of conspiracy, indecent assault and unlawful sexual intercourse.
According to Vanguard, the incident occurred last Friday in Adaraloye area of Ikorodu. Samuel Osholo, 22, and the other 17-year old suspect, both in the business of tiling and Plaster of Paris settling, were employed to do some renovations. It’s understood the older suspects convinced the boy who lives in the same compound as the victim, to lure her into a room where all three took turns in raping her.
The two older suspects, then gave the girl and 10-year-old boy money to buy their silence. However, on getting home the girl told her younger sister who then proceeded to inform their mother. Samuel and the 17-year-old both denied the allegations brought against them claiming to have left Adaraloye hours before the incident. They pleaded not guilty to the seven-count charge of conspiracy, indecent assault and unlawful sexual intercourse.
The 10-year-old boy pleaded guilty to the offence. While recounting the incident in yoruba, he said:
“They came to work in the house. They fix POP. The girl lives in our compound. They told me to invite her to meet them in the room and I did. Then they asked me to go and get a cloth and paper. They set the paper on the floor and laid the cloth on it. Then they ordered me to take off her pant and do my own (have canal knowledge of her). So, I took off her pant and did my own. Then they began to do their own with the girl”.
The father of the victim said he and his wife were away when the crime happened. He also called on the police to come to his aid claiming he had been threatened with eviction if he doesn’t drop the case.
The three suspects have now been remanded with the 22-year-old man cooling off in Kirikiri prison while the two minors are in different Homes.
The case has been adjourned till the 26th of January, 2016.