A Magistrate Court sitting in Ibadan has remanded a 19-year-old man, Arogundade Opeyemi in prison until September 12 for allegedly defiling a three-year-old girl in a church.
In a statement released by the Oyo State Police Command, Arogundade was alleged to have had carnal knowledge of the daughter of his neighbour inside the church at Kuola area of Apata, Ibadan, Oyo State on the 2nd of August 2014.
According to the police, the suspect took the girl to the church located very close to the house at about 8:00 pm on the fateful day under the pretence of playing with her as usual.
The Police statement reads as follows:
“The suspect laid the little girl on the floor in the church, tore her pant and had unlawful carnal knowledge of her. Immediately he perpetrated the act, he ran away, leaving the crying girl on the floor of the church”.
“When her mother heard her outcry, she rushed out to inquire from her daughter what had happened and she gesticulated by touching her private part and mentioning the suspect’s name”, State Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Olabisi Clet-Ilobanafor, said in the statement.The Police Public Relations Officer PPRO, disclosed that medical report confirmed that the girl’s hymen has been broken, adding that there was an area of trauma on the vulva, which confirms the defilement.
“Detectives hunted for the suspect and he was eventually arrested.“The suspect has been arraigned in a magistrate court for an offence of defilement which is contrary to and punishable under section 218 of the criminal code cap 38 vol. 11 Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000”, the statement added.Hearing on the case has now been fixed for the 12th of September, 2014 in Ibadan.