A five-year-old boy has opened up on how a 25-year-old man identified as Ganiu Amusa, allegedly dragged him into a bush and raped him thereafter in the Alakuko area of Lagos State.
The victim, a Nursery 2 pupil, whose identity was withheld narrated on Thursday, January 7, 2016 that the suspect warned him not to disclose the encounter to his mother.
After the incident, the victim reportedly complained about severe pains in his anus and finally opened up to his mother identified only as Adenike.
Amusa is currently cooling off at the custody of the State Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba, where the case was transferred for further investigation after he was arrested by men of the Alakuko Police Division on Hanson Street in the Alakuko area.
The victim whose family resides at Oremeji Close, is currently undergoing some treatment at a hospital and his mother disclosed that he is getting better.
He told Punch that he was returning with his sister from his mother’s shop when the suspect accosted him.
He said: “My sister and I were coming home from my mummy’s shop. My sister was riding a bicycle. She left me on the road. Later, I saw uncle Gani running after me. I had not met him before that day.
“The man said I should come. I did not answer him. He started to run after me. He then dragged me to a bush behind a house. He removed my shorts and put saliva in my anus. Then he removed his thing and put it into my anus. He covered my mouth with a cloth.
“There was no one in that bush. My sister was looking for me. My bum-bumwas paining me. He warned me not to tell my mummy anything when I got home.”
A neighbour, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “It was at about 2pm on December 17, 2015. The boy and his sister were returning from their mother’s shop in the Tollgate area. When they got to Hanson Street, the sister rode a bicycle and left the boy to find his way.
“When the boy came back home that afternoon, he was crying. We were anxious. Then we removed his clothes, and when we checked his anus, it was red. We first brought shea butter and applied it to the place.
“The bush is behind a storey-building. It is a lonely area. The boy was quickly rushed to a specialist hospital. He was given some antibiotic drugs, while tests were conducted on him. The suspect’s family members have been coming to beg the mother. They did not know what came over their son.”
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 said the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigation was concluded on the matter.
He said: “It is a case of sodomy. One Ganiu Amusa was arrested for allegedly raping a male infant of five years old through the anus. The case is still under investigation.”