Delta state House of Assembly Speaker’s aide, John Onose, has been arrested by the Sapele Police division for allegedly defiling a seven-year-old girl.
The 54-year-old Onose, who is married with six children, allegedly lured his victim, a KG2 pupil, to a bush close to his home at Fovie Street, Sapele, on Tuesday and raped her.
Sources say the little girl was playing with two other children while her mother, a neighbour to the suspect, was drying clothes outside, but noticed the disappearance of the girl and started looking for her. After about 20 minutes, the child came out from the corner of the suspect’s house.
The victim’s mother, Onome Ojakovo, got wind of the incident the next day when her daughter started complaining of severe pains.
Mrs Ojakovo narrates;
“When my daughter came out from the corner of Mr. Onose’s house, I didn’t suspect anything until she complained that her private part were hurting badly.
I still didn’t pay serious attention to it. I asked her to go and wash herself, but when she came back from the school the next day and was still complaining of the pains, I decided to check and what I saw shocked me.”
She explained that her daughter was bleeding profusely.
“In my shock, I raised an alarm, which attracted my neighbours. It was then it dawned on me that my child had been sexually violated. Mr. Onose came out of his compound, and when my daughter saw him, she was shocked and pointed to him as the man that injured her.”
When confronted by the mother, Mr. Onose, a former councillor, and member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), threatened to deal with her should she make the incident public.
The victim is currently on admission at the Sapele Central Hospital, where one of the doctors confirmed the incident, adding that she is responding to treatment but was badly traumatised.
The Divisional Police Officer at Sapele Police Station, CSP Badaru Musa, also confirmed the incident, stating that the police are still conducting their investigation, before an official statement is made.