The Oyo State Police have arrested one Timothy Abijo, 29, for allegedly defiling a minor, 13-year-old with Down Syndrome.
According to reports, the incident occurred on April 16 at No. 32, Adetola Str., Felele in Ibadan, Oyo state.
The suspect was visiting his cousin that lives in the same house with the victim.
Abijo allegedly enticed the 13-year-old-girl with ₦500.
According to the mother of the victim, the suspect lured the girl into his host’s (cousin) room; constrained her before raping her and warned her not to tell anyone.
The mother revealed that the abused girl was a virgin, with Down Syndrome, this means that she has special needs; and also has speech problems.
The incident occurred when her mother left her at home to get food for the family at about 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Speaking about the incident, the mother said, “My daughter did not know what had happened to her; upon returning from the market I found her hiding under the staircase crying.
“It took physical examination for me to realise that my daughter had been brutally defiled,
“Upon enquiry, she pointed at the room where she was violated where Timothy was found and he fled immediately,” the mother said.
The matter was reported at the Felele Police Station and with the help of his cousin, the host, the police arrested Abijo at Ibadan Tollgate where he was trying to flee to Lagos.
In any case, the matter has been assigned to the State Criminal Investigations Department, Iyaganku for investigation.
The Oyo State Police Command Public Relations Officer, SP. Olugbenga Fadeyi said he has not been briefed on the matter but will investigate.
“I’m yet to be briefed but I will investigate the matter,” Fadeyi said.