A 10-year-old boy, a 17-year-old, and a 22-year-old man have been arraigned before an Ikorordu magistrate court for the alleged rape of a 7-year-old girl.
According to Newsmen, the incident occurred last Friday in Adaraloye area of Ikorodu where 22-year-old Samuel Osholo and a 17-year old, both in the business of tiling and Plaster of Paris settling, were employed to do some renovations.
The boy who lives in the same compound with the victim was said to have been convinced by his older counterparts to lure the girl into a room where all three took turns in raping her. The girl and the 10-year-old boy were allegedly given money to buy their silence, but on getting home the girl told her younger sister who went on to inform their mother.
Samuel and the 17-year-old both denied the allegations brought against them and claim to have left Adaraloye hours before the incident. They pleaded not guilty to the seven-count charge of conspiracy, indecent assault and unlawful sexual intercourse.
On his part, the 10-year-old boy who pleaded guilty recounted how the incident occurred in Yoruba. “They came to work in the house. They fix POP. The girl lives in our compound. They told me to invite her to meet them in the room and I did. Then they asked me to go and get a cloth and paper. They set the paper on the floor and laid the cloth on it. Then they ordered me to take off her pant and do my own (have canal knowledge of her). So, I took off her pant and did my own. Then they began to do their own with the girl.”
The father of the victim revealed he and his wife were away when the crime happened and has called on the police to come to his aid, alleging that he has been threatened with eviction if he doesn’t drop the case.
All three defendants have been remanded – with the 22-year-old in Kirikiri prison and the minors in different Homes – while the case was adjourned till the 26th of January, 2016.