An elderly woman, Mojisola Oyebola, has on Wednesday [Mar 23] testified against a man accused of raping her 13-year-old niece, narrating before an Ikeja High Court how the suspect, identified as Adewumi Adesuyi committed the crime.
“The victim is my younger sister’s daughter. On the day the incident happened, my niece told me that she wanted to eat rice and I set about preparing it. After the food was ready I called my niece to come and eat, but she was nowhere to be found. I became worried when she had not returned home by 8.00 p.m. and we went in search for her. We found her around 11.30 p.m. and when I demanded to know where she was coming from, she said that a man abducted her to an unknown place. I thought she was lying so I asked my neighbours to punish her. While she was frog jumping, someone alerted me that she was bleeding from her private part.
“On interrogation, she told me that a man took her to his place of work and raped her. When we followed her there, we did not meet the accused person there.” She added that the matter was reported at the police station and that during interrogation, she admitted that the accused, whom she called Dewunmi took her to an uncompleted building, tied her hands and raped her.
“We took her to General Hospital where it was confirmed that she had been defiled. The accused was arrested and the police later released him and asked him to be reporting at the police station on a daily basis,” she said.
The accused who is currently remanded in prison, had pleaded not guilty to the charge of defilement. Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye consequently adjourned the matter till April 21 for continuation of trial.