The Ogun State Police Command has arrested an unemployed man, Ishau Arowolo, for allegedly raping a 10-year-old girl, Sofiatu Akilolu, to death in Orisada-Eyo Community in the Yewa South Local Government Area of the state.
25-year-old Arowolo, after raping the girl, allegedly caused her to drown. It was said that the suspect lurked in a bush near the community river to perpetrate the act. Sofiatu, who was a Basic five pupil of the Local Government Authority Primary School, had been sent by her parents to a river in the area to fetch water when she was attacked and raped by Arowolo.
Sofiatu, at about 5pm on Wednesday, April 1, went to the stream in company with a friend, identified simply as Abibatu. It was gathered that Arowolo snatched the victim and took her under a tree, where he raped her. A resident, who identified himself only as Jamiu, told PUNCH on Tuesday that Abibatu alerted the community that Sofiatu was being raped in a bush.
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 matter was reported to the Owode Police Division. The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident. He added that the police had charged the suspect to court.
He said, “The suspect has been transferred from Owode to the state police headquarters, Eleweran. We have also charged him to court. “But the mother of the victim has come to the police to say she is no longer interested in pursuing the matter. We are going to minute her stand to the Commissioner of Police to await further directives.”