A 36-year-old cook has been arrested by police in Lagos State, for allegedly raping an eight-year-old girl in Ijaye area of the state. He allegedly lured the minor with cooked rice. During interrogation, the suspect, a father of three identified as Otobong Inyang, blamed the act on his state of drunkenness.
The suspect, who was paraded alongside other suspected criminals at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters, Ikeja, would be charged to court according to the command boss, Mr. Fatai Owoseni. Inyang, who hails from Akwa Ibom State, lives in the same building with the minor.
Four children, including the victim, were said to have entered the suspect’s one room apartment, while he was cooking. Neighbours said he instructed the children to wait for the rice which was still being cooked. However, the children slept off in the process.
Narrating how the act took place, Inyang, who claimed to be a cook, said: “I was cooking rice on Sunday around 11a.m., when four of my neighbour’s children, one boy and three girls, came in. They slept for few minutes after which they all went home.
“This particular girl came back alone while I was sleeping. I removed her panties and raped her. It was done under the influence of alcohol.”
Mother of the child was said to have entered the apartment only to meet her daughter alone with the suspect. She asked her daughter what she was doing. “She told her mother what I had done,” the suspect said.