A Lagos resident, Ife Adekoya, has appeared in a Magistrate court on charges of luring and sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
Adekoya, who was arraigned on July 26, has been held at Kirikiri Maximum Prison while awaiting advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPPs), as the case was adjourned until September 19.
According to a statement by Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, the Executive Secretary of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA), the agency took immediate action upon receiving the report.
The incident was reported to the Imota Family Support Unit Police Station for investigation and was later transferred to the Gender Desk Department of the Lagos State Police Command.
Vivour-Adeniyi explained that the survivor’s mother was informed by a neighbor on June 16 that her 12-year-old daughter had been defiled by a neighbor from a nearby street.
The mother, who had just returned from a trip with her husband, learned of the incident the following day.
The mother alleged that a neighbor had noticed blood stains on the perpetrator’s trousers and raised the alarm after observing the suspicious behavior.
“Further questioning by the neighbor revealed that the alleged perpetrator lured the survivor into the bush, closed her mouth, and proceeded to sexually assault her by penetration,” she said.
Vivour-Adeniyi emphasized that all forms of abuse, neglect, domestic, and sexual violence were considered crimes against the state, and the law would be enforced rigorously against perpetrators.
She therefore urged residents of the state to break the silence around abuse by reporting any incidents through the toll-free line 08000-333-333 or by visiting the DSVA office located at Novel House, Plot 3, Jobi Fele Way, Alausa, Ikeja.
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