The people of Akure, Ondo State capital were shocked last week when, a 71-year- old night guard/hunter, Alhaji Ganiyu Kolawole lured a 7-year-old girl with a biscuit into his ramshackle room and raped her in broad day light.
Sources said the suspect who is cooling his feet in the custody of the State Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, had, within the space of two years after returning from jail for rape, raped no fewer than five children in the area.
Parents of his victims, mostly illiterates, reportedly kept it to themselves without reporting to security operatives not wanting to send him back to jail. A primary one pupil, the minor, was defiled at the residence of the suspect at Mission Road, Ayetoro Street, Oba-Ile.It was gathered that the suspect who lives alone has turned his dilapidated house where he committed the ungodly act into a destroying hurt for small girls.
A native of Benue state, the suspect threatened to deal with parents of his victims if they mention his sinful exploits to the police. He was even said to have settled them with bush meat.
Many of his neighbours described him as a terror in the area stating that they relate with him in fear.
It was gathered that the unsuspecting girl who left home that ill-fated day without breakfast, was told by the mother to come during break for her food. Reports said when she was returning home, the suspect lured her into his house with a promise to give her biscuit and cold water.
Giving a graphic account of how the incident took place,the image maker of the NSCDC, Kayode Balogun stated that the suspect acted the script with another accomplice, now at large, by asking the girl what she wanted and promised to give her not only cold water but biscuits. Balogun said that while the girl was still trying to think about what the Alhaji had promised her, the other accomplice reportedly pushed her inside the house while the Alhaji carried her and covered her mouth when she started shouting.
It was learnt that after the Alhaji was through with defiling the girl, he cleaned her up with a cloth as she was bleeding. “When Alhaji was interviewed, he said the girl approached him to buy her biscuit as she was hungry and he did. He denied raping her. During investigation, it was discovered that the suspect is a serial rapist who had been jailed before for raping another girl in the community.