Operatives of the Edo State Police Command have arrested a 28 years old assistant truck driver, Abdurazak Ibrahim, for allegedly raping a 15 years old girl in Edo State.
The incident was said to had happened at Uromi in Esan North East Local Government Area of the state on September 13.
Parading the suspect, the command’s spokesperson, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, said the father of the victim, Tony Ekata, reported to the police that Abdurazak Ibrahim raped his daughter.
SP Chidi said the suspect who is an assistant driver called the victim while she was hawking groundnuts along Ivue-Irrua Road, Uromi, Edo State with pretence to buy some groundnuts from her.
“The suspect attacked and pushed her inside the vehicle and forcefully had sex with her. The police stormed the scene and arrested the suspect.
“The suspect confessed to the crime while the victim was taken to the hospital for medical examination.
“He would soon be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed”, he stated.
Speaking with our correspondent, the suspect who claims to hail from Oyo State, denied the allegation, saying he was falsely accused.
“We were travelling on the Agbor Road to Okpella and gets stocked at Uromi due to the bad road. We were there for days. On this day, we called the girl who was hawking groundnut and I bought 100 groundnuts from her. And my colleague said the girl is calm and that I should marry her, I jokingly said while coming back I will seek her parent’s hands in marriage and she left.
“But after three hours later, I was sleeping inside the vehicle when the girl came to me and ask me if I was serious about the marriage I talked about, we were inside the vehicle when one boy came and accused me of raping her.
“I told him that nothing of such happened and the girl also said that I didn’t rape and they all left. After a while, some boys came and accused me of raping the girl and they took me to the station. I didn’t rape her”, he explained.