By Dayo Johnson, Akure
The people of Akure, Ondo State capital were shocked last week when, a 71-year- old night guard/hunter, Alhaji Ganiyu Kolawole lured a 7-year-old girl, Taye Juliana with a biscuit into his ramshackle room and raped her in broad day light.
Sources said the suspect who is cooling his feet in the custody of the State Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, had, within the space of two years after returning from jail for rape, raped no fewer than five children in the area.
Parents of his victims, mostly illiterates, reportedly kept it to themselves without reporting to security operatives not wanting to send him back to jail. Taye, a primary one pupil of St. PaulAnnexPrimary School, Oba-Ile, in Akure was defiled at the residence of the suspect at Mission Road, Ayetoro Street, Oba-Ile.
It was gathered that the suspect who lives alone has turned his dilapidated house where he committed the ungodly act into a destroying hurt for small girls.
A native of Benue state, the suspect threatened to deal with parents of his victims if they mention his sinful exploits to the police. He was even said to have settled them with bush meat.
Many of his neighbours described him as a terror in the area stating that they relate with him in fear.
It was gathered that the unsuspecting girl who left home that ill-fated day without breakfast, was told by the mother to come during break for her food. Reports said when she was returning home, the suspect lured her into his house with a promise to give her biscuit and cold water.
Giving a graphic account of how the incident took place,the image maker of the NSCDC, Kayode Balogun stated that the suspect acted the script with another accomplice,now at large, by asking the girl what she wanted and promised to give her not only cold water but biscuits. Balogun said that while the girl was still trying to think about what the Alhaji had promised her, the other accomplice reportedly pushed her inside the house while the Alhaji carried her and covered her mouth when she started shouting.
It was learnt that after the Alhaji was through with defiling the girl, he cleaned her up with a cloth as she was bleeding. “When Alhaji was interviewed, he said the girl approached him to buy her biscuit as she was hungry and he did. He denied raping her. During investigation, it was discovered that the suspect is a serial rapist who had been jailed before for raping another girl in the community.
“When officers of the corps went to the house of the accused (Oba-Ile) for investigation,inhabitants of the area testified that the man was fond of raping children, and had been jailed before for raping a particular girl in that area. So, after the matter was reported to the agency, the girl was taken to GeneralHospital where it was confirmed she had been raped.”
Crime Guard gathered that the girl whose father died few years ago lives with her mother in a one-room apartment in Oba-ile area of the state.
Narrating her own side of the ugly incident, mother of Taye, Mrs Mary Mike who is into laundry business said, “That day, I had no money to feed my four children.
I told them to come back to the house during their break period when I would have made some Eba for them. I was sitting in front of the house waiting for my children to come back when one of my neighbours from the market said she saw my daughter coming out from the house of the man.
“By the time I got to the man’s house, I did not find my girl. I then rushed to her school where I met her and her teacher who was asking her question. My daughter was crying and was pointing at her private part and by the time we checked her private part, she was bleeding. I asked her what happened and she said a man carried her inside his house and slept on top of her.
“I started crying and people said I should report it to the Civil Defense who would not compromise. It was the officers of the Civil Defense that followed me to his house where he was arrested.”
Mrs Mike said that her husband who is a friend to the suspect died two years ago,adding that he was also a hunter who usually go hunting with the suspect when he was alive. She further said she decided to report the matter because the suspect has been committing the crime and those concerned have, out of fear, failed to inform security operatives noting that this will not only check the hunter’s excesses but make him stop committing the heinous crime against little girls in the area.