Ikechukwu Alu, a trader at a market on 23 Road, Festac Town, Lagos, has been arrested for allegedly abducting and raping a seven-year-old girl, Victoria.
According to reports, Victoria had been sent on an errand to buy a recharge card, but she misplaced it while returning home. On getting home, she was chased out to look for it.
It was while she was searching for the card that Alu abducted the unsuspecting girl on Adeola Street in Amuwo Odofin, where she lives, and took her to a shop in a nearby market. Alu reportedly made her pass the night in the shop and allegedly raped her.
The PUNCH reports that as Alu left the shop around 5am the following day, some residents around the area saw him, with Victoria strapped to his back. The residents, who are aware that he does not have a child, queried him on how he came about the girl.
When he could not give a genuine explanation, they were said to have poured ashes on him and alerted the police at the FESTAC division, who picked him up. Victoria speaking with the police said that Alu “put his thing (manhood) in my bum-bum”.
She was subsequently taken to the Mirabel Centre at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. A test carried out on her reportedly confirmed that she was raped.
Alu has been arraigned before an Apapa Magistrate’s Court on one count of rape.
He however pleaded not guilty and was admitted to bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.