A man identified as Victor Emmanuel has been nabbed by the long arms of the Nigerian police for allegedly raping a 13-year-old primary six pupil while insisting she is his ‘girlfriend’.
Although detectives attached to the Ajangbadi Police station in Ojo area of Lagos described the suspect as a rapist and his victim as a minor, 45-year-old, Victor Emmanuel is still insisting that he did no wrong because according to him, the victim is his “fiancee”.
The suspect, a native of Imo State, said:
“I didn’t rape her! We are in a relationship.
“We’re even planning to get married. We have been dating for eight months now. The girl’s parents know me. Yes, I know she’s pregnant for me. I have accepted the pregnancy and I’m already taking care of her.
“Yes, I know she’s pregnant for me. I have accepted the pregnancy and I’m already taking care of her.
“I have started the marriage rites. In fact, the girl’s parents had been collecting money from me.
“I have paid N20,000 to them for introduction and to buy drinks. They have also asked me to bring N100,000, out of which I have paid N64,000.”
Victor Emmanuel disclosed that he was arrested after his supposed father-in-law, called and told him that the girl’s school authority said the victim was too young for sexual activities, let alone for pregnancy. “The school authority said she was too young. The school authority insisted that I should come to the school. When I got to the school, I was arrested”, he said.
“The school authority said she was too young. The school authority insisted that I should come to the school. When I got to the school, I was arrested”, he said.
Contrary to the claims made by the suspect, the Investigating Police Officer (IPO), Sergeant Mary Ikumo, said that the victim’s parents denied ever knowing or setting their eyes on Emmanuel.
Parents of the victim, who is just in primary six, alleged that their daughter was raped by Emmanuel.
“The mother of the victim was with us yesterday. She said she didn’t know the suspect from Adam. The mother said that the girl used to hawk plantain and the suspect was one of her customers. He used to tip the girl N500 every time he buys plantain from her. One day, he pulled her into his shop and raped her”, the IPO disclosed.
“He used to tip the girl N500 every time he buys plantain from her. One day, he pulled her into his shop and raped her”, the IPO disclosed.
Despite being denied by the victim’s parents, the suspect, a tailor, maintained that they approved of the relationship.
The suspect, Victor Emmanuel said:
“They are already addressing me as husband”. He further said: “I take good care of her, including paying for her hospital bills. I go to her house at Ajangbadi every time. In fact, the mother called me last week and brought some clothes to my shop to sew for her.
“In fact, the mother called me last week and brought some clothes to my shop to sew for her.
“The woman told me that she would be travelling this week. She used to bring food for me and sometimes drops the girl with me at my shop.
“If police go to their compound to make their investigations, neighbours would tell them that I am her husband.
“I have also been paying for her ante-natal. Yes, I once went with her to hospital for ante-natal. On most ante-natal days, her mother would come over to collect money from me.”
However, the case took a different dimension when Mr. Victor Emmanuel could not tell the school address, home address and names of his supposed fiancee’s parents.