Shutdown over Covid-19 triggers rise in rape of minors in Lagos

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. Two minors raped neighbours

The shutdown over Covid-19 pandemic may have triggered the rising cases of rape as two minors were reportedly violated by their neighbours.

  In one of the cases, a man violated 9-year-old daughter of his neighbour in Ikorodu.

  Lagos State police spokesman, Bala Elkana who confirmed the incident to newsmen noted that on March 30, 2020 around 1.50pm, a woman (name withheld) reported at Ikorodu police station that on March 29, 2020 around 7.10pm, she kept her 9 years old daughter (name withheld) in the care of one Mercy and left for hospital.

  “On getting back from hospital, she discovered that the girl is no longer there. On searching for her, she saw her with one Christian Chikezie coming out from his house.  On enquiry, her daughter told her that the said Christian Chikeze had sexual intercourse with her.

  “The survivor was taken to hospital for medical treatment and forensic examination. The suspect has been arrested by detectives from the Juvenile Welfare Centre, Ikorodu Police Station and transferred to Gender Unit, Command Headquarters, Ikeja for discreet investigation and prosecution. Investigation is ongoing”.  In a related development, operatives from Okokomaiko Police Station arrested one Dako Aaron, 52, of Olanrewaju Street, Okokomaiko for having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl (name withheld).  “The suspect works as a security guard with a private company in Okokomaiko. He is alleged to have dragged the survivor into his security post on two different occasions, first on February 2, 2020 and March 12, 2020. The survivor was taken to hospital for medical treatment and forensic examination.

  “The suspect has been arrested and transferred to Gender Unit for discreet investigation and prosecution. From records available, the suspect is a habitual pedophile. He was last charged to court on February 22, 2017 for raping a minor.

  “The suspects would be charged to court. The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu is using this medium to advise parents to beware of pedophiles preying on their children during the lockdown period. The command has also rescued a 10-year-old girl abused by her caregiver in a viral video

  “On April 3, 2020, a case of child abuse was reported online by a mandatory reporter through instablog9ja. Detectives from Gender Unit, Command Headquarters Ikeja in collaboration with DSVRT, Office of the Public Defender and social workers from Ministry of Youth and Social Development rescued the survivor, Ajara, 10 years old at No. 10 Omotoso Street Igando.

  “The abuser, Mrs. Omotayo 45-years-old was arrested. The survivor has been taken to hospital for treatment and kept in a safe home provided by Lagos State Government. The suspect who is a caregiver to the survivor was said to have pushed her and she sustained injuries all over her face.  The suspect is seen in the viral video hitting Ajara on the floor.

  “The suspect would be charged to court. The Command will continue to protect and defend the rights of the vulnerable members of the society, especially children.

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