By Adebayo Williams
70-year-old man, Gabriel Akindele, has been arrested after he raped an eight-year-old deaf and dumb girl. The incident happened on Tuesday in their residence on Micahel Ayegbusi Street, Owode Ijako of the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The victim’s mother said she had noticed a strange behaviour in her child and had inquired, using sign language, what the problem was. She said the girl had gestured to signify what happened. She reported the matter to the police who arrested him.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said after a complaint was made about the matter, the Divisional Police Officer, Sango Ota, Akinsola Ogunwale, detailed detectives to the scene; and the old man was subsequently arrested. He said the suspect had confessed to committing the crime. It was gathered that the man lured the girl to the toilet where he raped her.
He added that the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, had directed that the case be transferred to Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Abeokuta, for proper investigation.