The Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested one Muhammad Mailemu for allegedly raping a 10-year-old girl, Karimatu Usman.
The incident happened on Monday in Banni, in Baruten Local Government Area of the state.
The NSCDC got to know about the incident when the father of the victim reported the case at the agency’s office in Banni.
According to Karimatu, who narrated her ordeal, she was on her father’s farm with her six-year-old sister, Safahatu, when Mailemu suddenly surfaced and held her hands while her sister ran away.
She added that the suspect thereafter removed her clothes and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.
She was rescued by one Shehu Garba, who heard her screaming.
It was gathered that Garba mobilised other residents to arrest the suspect and handed him to the NSCDC office in Banni.
Babawale Afolabi, spokesman of NSCDC in the state, who confirmed the incident said: “The victim was immediately taken to the Basic Health Centre, Banni for examination. The outcome of the examination confirmed that there was tear and the hyme was forced open; this shows that she was actually rapped.
“The witness also confirmed that he met him on the act. When the suspect was interrogated, he also admitted to the commission of the offence but pleaded that it was the work of devil.
“The family of the victims said they wouldn’t want a case; they only want the suspect to treat their daughter and pay the hospital bill. The girl was then taken to the hospital for treatment and the suspect family’s paid the hospital bill.”