This Day (Lagos)

29 November 2012

Nigeria: Octogenarian in Police Net for Raping 12-Year-Old

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A 13-year-old girl, raped by armed men, waits for treatment at a health clinic in eastern DRC

For his inability to control his libido, an octogenarian, Pa Samuel Oladipupo, is not only cooling off at the Ekiti State Police Command for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl identified as Esther, he will in the months to come, have a case to answer over the rape scandal.

According to the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Victor Babayemi Olu, while parading the suspect at the state police command, Iyin Road, Ado-Ekiti, Oladipupo was alleged to have committed the crime last Saturday at his residence located at No. 9 Barracks Road, near Okesa Police Station, Ado-Ekiti.

But Oladipupo denied the allegation, stressing that he never had sexual intercourse with the girl. His statements were as incoherent as they are contradictory. On the one hand, he denied having carnal knowledge of Esther, and on the other hand, said he was seduced by the girl, causing him to lose control.

He however confessed to have attempted to have sex with the victim, an underage girl, who is definitely much younger than his supposed grandchildren, with her full consent. But many have wondered why an octogenarian contemplated sex with an underage girl, who is not even yet a teenager, consenting or not.

The PPRO stated further that the victim was taken to the Ekiti State Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, where a series of tests was conducted on her to ascertain whether the accused person actually raped her or not. He disclosed that the command had contacted members of Ekiti State gender-based Violence Prohibition Committee to rehabilitate the victim.

However, while speaking with journalists, the suspect who is being detained at the command's Criminal Investigation Department (CID), said he was seduced by the girl before he lost control. Sources further hinted that the suspect was a repeat offender, saying that this was not the first time he had committed such a crime. That depiction seemed to suggest that Oladipupo was on a familiar turf with such acts and allegations.

He explained that he had sent Esther, a JSS 1 student in one of the secondary schools in the state, to help him buy a phone airtime card at a nearby shop on the fateful day and allowed her to go after Esther had helped to load the card onto his line.

"To let you know that I never intended to commit the crime, after she had helped me load the recharge card on my phone right in my house, I allowed her to go freely without making any overture. But later, Esther resurfaced again and came to tell me that she was famished and asked me what kind of food I had at home. I told her I had only bread and stew and she followed me inside and ate the food," he said. He added that it was in that process that he was lured into committing the act, which he said he had not really committed.

But Esther, who countered his position, denied seducing the old man into having sex with her. She explained that she was coming from where she had gone to mend her school sandal, when Oladipupo, whom she had earlier helped that day to buy an airtime card, called her and accused her of stealing his phone.

"When I told him I didn't steal his phone, he then asked me to accompany him to his sitting room. When we got there (the sitting room), we found the phone on the television and he tendered an apology to me.

"As I was about to go out, baba (Oladipupo) then grabbed me and pushed me onto the couch and forcibly had sex with me. The loud noise I made attracted one woman, who came to rescue me and took me to my mother," she said.

The police spokesman said preliminary investigations conducted by the police confirmed that the old man is a serial rapist. That being the case, it beats the imagination how the law has spared him. Those who know Oladipupo suggested that he has had a history of sexual waywardness.

However, the PPRO said that the accused person this time would be charged to court as soon as the results of the tests conducted on Esther at EKSUTH are out.

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