The police have arrested a security guard of a public school in Lagos, Adeniyi Primary School, Itire, for allegedly r*ping an eight-year-old pupil. The 40-year-old suspect Friday Oshoba, aka Mopol, was said to have committed the alleged crime while the primary 2 pupil, Mercy (pseudonym), was waiting for her sister to pick her up after the school closed around 2pm.
Friday was said to have persuaded the little girl to follow him to a deserted spot within the school and removed her underwear. He reportedly had his way with her afterwards.
It was a class five pupil, identified only as Bukola, sent on an errand by a schoolteacher, that caught the crazy guard in the act and reported to the teacher.
Mercy, on getting home, recounted the incident to her parents. An uncle of the girl followed her to the school the following day and reported the matter to the head teacher.
The head teacher was said to have invited policemen from Itire division, leading to Friday’s arrest.
Mercy, in her statements to the police, said, “I was in the school on May 11 at about 2pm when Mopol (Friday) called me to a place on the school premises. He removed my underwear and put his thing (manhood) inside my bum-bum. Bukola, who is in primary five, saw us and reported to her teacher. I also told my daddy when I got home.”
But the security guard, an indigene of Ekpoma, Edo State, denied r*ping the little girl, saying he did not know her name. He was, however, silent in his statement on whether he took Mercy to any spot.
He said, “The girl is one of our pupils in Adeniyi Primary School. I did not know her name, but I know she is in Primary two. I did not do anything with her. I was married, but my wife left me and I don’t have any child.”
However, a social worker at the Mirabel Centre, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, where medical examinations were carried out on the victim, said Mercy had bruises in her private parts.
The worker, who spoke with Punch on condition of anonymity, said, “The result of the test conducted on the girl shows that she had bruises and fresh lacerations on her hymen. These suggest that the suspect forcefully penetrated her private parts as she claimed.”
Friday was brought before an Apapa Magistrate’s Court by a police prosecutor, Francisca Job, on one count of r*pe.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge. The presiding magistrate, Mrs. A.O. Adegbite, admitted him to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The case was adjourned till July 27, 2016, for trial.
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