A commercial motorcyclist identified simply as Dare, has been arrested for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl to death in Ondo State.
It was reported that the suspect forcefully dragged the victim, Zainab Justina Adeyemo, into the bush where he raped her to death on July 17, 2020, after boarding his motorcycle in the Akoko area of the state.
Dare, who was close to being lynched by villagers upon his arrest, confessed that Adeyemo died as a result of the struggle that ensued between them while committing the crime.
The mother of the victim, who spoke to Vanguard newspaper, said the motorcyclist had lied that he and the victim were involved in an accident, in which the girl sustained serious injuries.
She lamented that the police were reluctant to investigate his claim, which provoked villagers to launch a search party, which later found the girl’s body in the bush.
The woman said protest by villagers forced the police to arrest the suspect.
“On getting to the police station, now visibly frightened Dare pleaded that he should be treated gently assuring that the missing girl would eventually be seen. Shockingly, he further claimed that while he was on his way from Eshe to Irun with Zainab, they had an accident and the girl was seriously wounded.
“Initially, we told the police to carry out immediate investigation into his claims but they were insisting that we must wait for the stipulated 24 hours before taking any action,” she said.
“This infuriated villagers and they went out in search of Zainab without the police. Luckily, after about five hours’ thorough search, the corpse of Zainab was discovered along a footpath in the bush. The police was informed and they later picked it.
“The delay by the police forced both commercial motorcyclists in the area and villagers to stage a protest demanding that Dare must be brought out to say what happened to the little girl.
“The protest made the police to accost Dare who started narrating how he raped and later killed the little girl. He told gory tales of how he was raping her inside the bush while they were on their way only to discover that she was dead.
“He claimed that Zainab died as result of the struggle that ensued between them during the process and he dumped her body in the bush.”
The suspect is said to have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department in Akure, where more investigations will be carried out into the case.