An 18-year-old barber identified as Bakare Ismail, has been arrested by the Lagos State police command for raping 14-year-old girl who he drugged.
The barber who lured the 14-year-old girl to his parents’ residence at Banjo Street, Owutu in the Ikorodu area of the state on Saturday, October 13, around 4pm, offered her a soft drink laced with a sedative. She was said to have slept off minutes after taking the drink.
The girl who woke with bloodstains on her pants, told her guardian who reported the incident at the Gender Section of the Lagos State Police Command headquarters in Ikeja. According to the rape victim, she was running an errand for her aunt when Ismail, who lives in the next compound, approached her and demanded to have a talk with her.
“While I was in his apartment, he offered me a soft drink which I drank. As we were talking, I did not know when I slept off. When I woke up, I saw bloodstains on my clothes. I rushed home to change my clothes.
“I was crying because I knew my aunt would punish me if she knew I had been raped.”
However the suspect who denied raping the girl, further maintained that he did not give Bidemi any drink that day.
“I was not at home throughout that day. My dad was not around either.He locked up the house before he left. So, I did not have sex with her. She was lying,” he added.
Ismail was however remanded in prison custody, following his arraignment before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court by a police prosecutor, Inspector Benson Emuehi, on one count of defilement. His case file was also forwarded to the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions for legal advice, as it was further adjourned till December 20, 2018.