An Unemployed man, Ishau Arowolo who allegedly raped a 10-year-old Sofiatu Akilolu and caused her to drown to death in Orisada-Eyo Community of Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State has been apprehended by the State Police Command.
Arowolo, 25, was said to have caused the 10-year-old to drown after having carnal knowledge of her in a bush near the community river.
The deceased was attacked by Arowolo on Wednesday, April 1 while on her way to the river to fetch water in company of her friend, Abibatu.
It was gathered that Abibatu who witnessed what happened called the attention of the community.
A source who narrated the incident said, “The River is called Agude. It serves the community. That was not the first time little girls would go to fetch water at the place. On that day, the two girls met Ishau, Arowolo, and greeted him.
“Later, they observed he was coming behind them. Suddenly, he grabbed Sofiatu and entered into a bush to carry out the act. The other girl ran back to the community to tell us.
“When we got to the place, we did not find both of them, except their clothes and shoes. We began to comb the forest, until someone raised the alarm that Arowolo was hiding in the river. When we checked, he was found and pulled out.
“Minutes later, we also found Sofiatu. He might have drowned the girl after he raped her. She was unconscious, while blood was dripping from her private parts.”
Sofiatu was said to have been recovered from the river and taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Upon been nabbed by angry youths, Arowolo, was seriously tortured and handed over to men of the Owode Police Division.
Confirming the tragedy, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, said Arowolo has been charged to court.
“The suspect has been transferred from Owode to the state police headquarters, Eleweran. We have also charged him to court.
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“But the mother of the victim has come to the police to say she is no longer interested in pursuing the matter. We are going to minute her stand to the Commissioner of Police to await further directives,” he said.