A policewoman has told an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court, Lagos, how one Ope Popoola – a caterer – raped a seven-year-old girl in a commercial tricycle, popularly known as Keke.
Concise News understands that the policewoman, Sgt. Patience Chukwuede, is tied to the Lion Building Police Station.
She said at about 8:50p.m. on May 29, 2016, the child’s father came to lodge a complaint of sexual assault against Popoola.
“The complainant said he sent his seven-year-old daughter on an errand to get the balance of change from where he went to buy pure water. On her way, Popoola saw the girl, took her into a parked commercial tricycle and put his fingers into her vagina,” she said.
“A man unknown to them saw them inside the ‘Keke NAPEP’ and approached the defendant and the child took them all to the church where her father was waiting for her. The man told her father he saw the girl and Ope in the parked Keke Marwa, he asked the girl what they were doing at that time of the day and she said Ope was putting his fingers in her private part.”
The policewoman said while interrogating the child, she told her that when Popoola accosted her, he had asked her where she was going, when she told him, he told her that he wanted to buy something from her.
“He then grabbed her, took her to the parked Keke Marwa and started using his fingers to touch her private part,” she added.
She also said, “I also made efforts to contact the man who had flashed his torch at them and caught the defendant in the act but my efforts proved abortive. I was told he does not live in the area, he was just a passerby.”
The presiding judge, Justice Sybil Nwaka, adjourned the case until June 18 for continuation of trial.