A 50-year-old man, Kelvin Ezeigbo has been apprehended by the police for reportedly r*ping a 10-year-old pupil, Esther, by the roadside in Oke-Ira, Ogba, Lagos.
It was learnt that Esther and Ezeigbo were neigbours on Olatunde Close, where the victim resides with her aunt.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the aunt on April 26 around 9pm sent Esther on an errand and she was returning home when the suspect waylaid her.
Ezeigbo, a father of two, had reportedly given the minor some money and persuaded her to follow him, but she refused. It was learnt that the suspect resorted to force, dragging her into a tricycle parked by the roadside.
Ezeigbo reportedly covered her mouth to prevent her from raising the alarm and r*ped her.
Esther, on getting home, informed her aunt about the incident, which was reported at the Area G Command, Ogba.
Ezeigbo, who was said to have denied raping the girl, was arrested and arraigned by a police prosecutor, Inspector Benedict Aigbokhan, before a magistrate’s court in Ogba on two counts of r*pe.