The police in Ogun State have arrested a 54-year-old man, Niyi Omowodun, for allegedly defiling a 12-year-old girl (name withheld).
The suspect was arrested following a complaint by father of the victim who reported at Itele Divisional headquarters in Ota that, while he was at work, he received a call from one of his neighbours that her daughter had been sexually abused by the suspect and that the said neighbour caught the man in the act.
Upon receiving the report, the Divisional Police Officer of Itele Division, Monday Unuigbe, detailed his detectives to go after the man and he was arrested.
On interrogation, the suspect, who claimed to be a pastor at Helmet of Life International Church, confessed to having unlawful carnal knowledge of the girl.
He stated further that he lured the girl into an incomplete building in the area when the girl was going on an errand. When asked whether he has no wife, the suspect explained that he had been separated from his wife since 2016.
The Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered the transfer of the suspect to anti-human trafficking and child labour unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.