A 75-year-old farmer, Nurudeen Koleosho, has been nabbed by men of the police force in Ogun State for the alleged rape of an 11-year-old Primary 2 pupil suffering from autism.
According to Punch, the victim was waylaid by Koleosho around his farm in Shomeke community, in the Obafemi Owode Local Government Area, Ogun State, around 9am on Monday and was forced into a shed, where he allegedly raped her.
The girl’s father died in November 2015 and since then, she had been living with her grandmother. On the day of the incident, the Primary 2 pupil had gone to play in the farm with her friends but was left behind, giving Koleosho an opportunity to approach.
The suspect tried to tempt her to follow him inside by offering her N1,050 but it was learnt that she refused after collecting the money. This made the 70-year-old Nurudeen Koleosho to resort to force. The innocent girl was reported to have cried home and narrated the incident to her grandmother, Mrs. Bose Adebayo, who followed her to Koleosho’s house. According Mrs. Bose:
“She came home from the farm with N1,050 and was crying. I asked her what happened. She said an old man forced her to lie on the floor and put his manhood in her private parts. She could not talk properly because of her health condition. I told her to take me to the man’s house and she brought me to Mr. Koleosho.”
While Mr. Nurudeen Koleosho initially denied the allegation, but later confessed to the police at the Owode division after his arrest, the girl was taken to the Owode General Hospital for medical tests, disclosed the victim’s uncle, Peter Adebayo. He further said:
“I was informed of the incident on the telephone. The girl is 11 and is suffering from autism. That is why her education is slow; she is in primary 2. She had gone to the farm with her playmates on that day, but they left her there. She said she shouted but there was no one to come to her rescue. It was my mother (Bose) and brother who took her to the hospital for treatment and tests because she was complaining of pains. The doctor’s report is with the police and we were told that sperm was found in her private parts.
“I went to the station and he (the suspect) confessed before the Divsional Police Officer that he raped her. He, his family members and elders of the community have been begging me to let go of the case, saying that he was an old man. The money he gave her is with the police as an exhibit.”
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, however, said the man would be charged with indecent assault. He said:
“It is a case of indecent assault. The man actually wanted to have carnal knowledge of the girl, who is deaf and dumb. It is a serious matter and we are going to charge the man to court”.