By Esther Onyegbula
Many people were left speechless at the Lagos State Police Command as a seven-year-old girl narrated how she was defiled by her mother’s client, Moruf Mohammed, at 5, Samsudeen Street, Igbogbo, Ikorodu, Lagos. It was learned that the suspect raped the victim in their apartment at about 1p.m. last Wednesday, when her mother went to the market.
It was gathered that when the victim’s mother returned from the market and found her bleeding, with her school uniform dress stained with blood, she revealed that one of the mother’s clients, who had come to see the mother, raped her (the child). According to the primary one pupil, “immediately I came back from school, Baba Moruf came to the house and asked after my mother. I told him that she was not at home.
“He then gave me N1,000, pushed me towards the door and removed my pants. When I tried to shout, he used his hands to cover my mouth. He first inserted his hands inside me before using his manhood on me.”
The N1,000 was for her mother—SUSPECT
The suspect, 52-year-old Moruf Mohammed, who initially said he did not know what came over him, and that it was the work of the devil at the Juvenile and Women Centre, JWC, Igbogbo Divisional headquarters, Ikorodu, denied the allegation at the Police Command, Ikeja. According to him, “I am a bus driver from Ijebu-Ode in Ogun State and I have three wives. The victim’s mother called me on phone to get money for the job she was doing for me.
“When I got there, she was not at home. But I met her daughter, who had just returned from school. “I went to see the victim’s mother because she is a prophetess and does some spiritual work for me. “Unfortunately, her mother was not at home, so I gave her N1,000. I did not touch her. A few days later they arrested me for raping the little girl.”
According to the prophetess, “I knew Moruf Mohammed sometime ago as he comes for some spiritual works. On Wednesday, I called him to get money for the work I have done for him. “When I got home later, I met my daughter bleeding profusely with her uniform stained with blood. Immediately, I took her to the school where I was told nothing like that happened and that this was the handiwork of an adult.
“So I asked my daughter who did that to her? She said it was Moruf Mohammed, the client that gave her money to give to me. When we got to his place, my daughter identified him as the man that had defiled her and he was later arrested.” Vanguard gathered that the victim was taken to Mirabel Centre, where a test revealed that she was sexually abused. The case, initially reported at the Igbogbo Divisional headquarters, Ikorodu, has been transferred to the Gender Unit for further investigation.