A tenant whose two-year-old daughter was raped by his landlord’s son has told the police not to press charges against the suspect, Afeez Raimi(pictured).
Afeez, 20, was arrested on Sunday, May 4, at Benbo area of Apata, Ibadan, Oyo State where he lived with his parents, after a 35-year-old man, Mr Adebimpe Gafari reported at Kuola police station that the boy defiled his daughter with his finger to the point that the little girl bled.
It was learnt that the Adebimpes were tenants in Afeez’s father’s house and the little girl had followed the suspect into his room to play when the ugly act happened.
Residents of the area were reported to have descended on the suspect, stripped him naked, and beat him until he was rescued by the police who took him into custody.
Afeez, who said he was a tailor, narrated how the incident occurred: “The two-year-old girl followed me into my room as I came in from outside. I sat on the bed and she also sat beside me. I started ironing my cloth and she slept on the bed, raising her legs playfully. She was not wearing pants though she had a skirt on.
“I was aroused by the sight and I put my finger in her private part. I did not use my penis. She started crying and left my room. When her father saw her crying, he enquired on what was wrong with her and she said I was the one who beat her. That was when her father noticed that her thighs and skirt were blood-stained.
“The man caught hold of me and started beating me. I was stripped naked and he was joined by others who also started beating me before I was taken to the police station.
“My father is a landlord to the father of the girl and when he learnt of what I did, he asked them to take me away. Nothing attracted me in the girl and I cannot really say what led me to such an act. I have never done such a thing before.”
Surprisingly, the victim’s father went to police headquarters in Ibadan on Wednesday, May 7 armed with an affidavit, saying that he was no longer interested in pursuing the case against Afeez.
Gafari claimed that his family held a meeting with the suspect’s family and the matter was amicably resolved. He was accompanied by one Kazeem Raimi, a brother to the suspect.
However, the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Indabawa insisted that the crime was against the state, therefore, it would be appropriately charged to court after all investigations have been concluded.