A 45-year-old man identified as Moruf Mohammed was on Thursday paraded by the Lagos State Police Command for raping a 7-year-old girl, identified simply as Dupe.
While parading the suspect before newsmen, the state Commissioner of Police, CP Fatai Owoseni said “Mohammed, residing at Philip Street, Ibeshe Ikorodu, defiled a seven-year-old girl at Ayanbandejo Street, Ikorodu.
“When Mohammed was arrested by detectives, he denied ever touching Dupe.
“He said he is Dupe’s mother, Kubura’s lover and that the woman framed him because he refused to give her some money she requested for.
“The victim is traumatised and is being medically attended to at Mirabel Medical Centre, Ikeja,” Owoseni stated.
The victim’s mother said her daughter was sexually violated by Mohammed, stating that she found her daughter bleeding.
She however debunked Mohammed’s claim that they were lovers.
She said, “I went out, leaving Dupe with her older siblings.
“The oldest among them was 20 years. I returned home around 2pm and found Dupe was sleeping. I asked her what was wrong with her. She said she wasn’t feeling well. She said a man gave her money.
“She said the man asked her where her mother was, she told him that her mum wasn’t around.
“He then took her to a back door. She said he put his fingers into her and later his manhood. He told her not to tell anyone.
“When I found her in bed, she was bleeding. I initially thought it happened at school. I went to school, but they said it wasn’t at school,” Kubura added.
Asked if she knew Mohammed and if they were lovers, Kubura said, “Yes, I know him. I used to prepare herbal medicine for him but I’m not his lover. I didn’t ask him for any money.
“Despite Dupe’s explanation of what transpired between her and a stranger, we didn’t know who raped her until Mohammed came.
“When Mohammed came to collect his herbal medicine, Dupe saw him and became frightened.
“When he came, Dupe saw him and ran away saying ‘that is the man.’
“I reported him to the police. Police brought him to the scene of the crime and he started telling people that I was his lover; that Dupe was his daughter.”
Meanwhile, Mohammed insisted he didn’t do anything to Dupe; he said he only gave her money because he felt like it.
The victim said Mohammed sexually violated her around 1pm after she returned from school.
Narrating how it happened, Dupe said, “He closed the door. He knelt down. I was standing. He put his fingers into me. I screamed. He used his hands to cover my mouth.
“He gave me money. He gave me two N500 notes and told me not to tell my mummy,” the minor told newsmen.