The police have arrested Abiodun Ojo, a resident of Magbara village, Ogun State, for allegedly raping a six-year-old girl.
Mr Ojo, 38-year-old, reportedly raped the victim (name withheld) in a bush in Magbara village, along Idiroko Road on Sunday.
A resident, Kazeem Ashaolu, told PREMIUM TIMES the accused lives in the same house with the victim’s parents.
“The man lives in the same house with the girl’s parents. So, not that he just picked the girl to the bush. He deceived her under the pretence of sending her on errand.”
Confirming the incident, the Ogun State police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said: “the girl’s cries caught the attention of ‘vigilantes’ around who traced the place and captured him.”
This newspaper learnt that before the arrival of officers from Idiroko Police Station, Mr Ojo had been brutalised by an angry mob.
The victim was later taken to the hospital for medical attention.
Meanwhile, the state commissioner of police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID).
“This is for investigation and to prosecute him (suspect) accordingly,” the spokesman said.