A rape suspect identified as Ayuba Salihu has confessed that he lured and sexually abused an eight-year-old child with N100.
He made that confession to the Niger State Child Right Protection Agency on Thursday.
The suspect who is a tailor and resident of New Market, near Gwari Market in Chanchaga Local Government, admitted he had carnal knowledge of the minor.
The 32-year-old suspect told the agency, “I saw her in front of my shop crying that she misplaced N100 out of the money she sold from pure water and I gave her the N100.
“The following time I saw her hawking, I called her to buy water but the devil lured me into the act. “I am sorry to have engaged in such an act with a little girl, I promise never to repeat such act again, please forgive me.”
Narrating how her granddaughter became a rape victim, the girl’s grandmother told the agency that she was sent to buy N50 pepper in the morning of Aug. 26, but did not return home till 9 p.m.
She said, “I became worried when she did not return home early.
“I called my step-son and we both went round looking for her because we thought she had been kidnapped. It was during the search that we saw her walking to the house at night.
“I asked where she had being and she did not respond until my step-son started beating her that she told us where she was.
“She confessed that a man, who is a tailor in the market, has been having sexual intercourse with her anytime she passes the area.”
The grandmother explained further that the girls said the man lure her to a corner and sexually abuse her.
She said that she reported the matter to officials of Drug and Crime is Haram (DC Haram) who arrested the suspect and brought him to the agency.
Also narrating her ordeal to agency, the 8-year-old said that the suspect lured her into his shop while hawking pure water and forcefully dragged her to a deserted area and had sex with her.
“He called me that he wanted to buy pure water, after buying the water, he held my hand and told me that we should go and flirt.
“I told him no, but he forcefully dragged me to a lonely area and brought out his male organ and penetrate me.
“He has had carnal knowledge of me five times and after the act, sometimes he would give me N10, N50 and N100 and warned me not to tell anyone or else, he would deal with me.”
However, the Director-General of the agency, Mairam Kolo, told reporters that the suspect would be handed over to the police for further investigation.