A 54-year-old man, Gbenga Adebayo, has been remanded in prison by an Ado Ekiti Magistrates’ Court for allegedly abducting and having sex with an 11-year-old girl.
Adebayo allegedly asked the girl to follow him to his aged mother’s place in Usi-Ekiti, some 60 kilometres away from Ado-Ekiti, and he camped her there for three weeks.
While she was kept in the community, Adebayo paid visits to her there regularly and was allegedly sleeping with her while at the same time, joined the search party for the girl.
The girl claimed tha Adebayo promised to rescue her from her school teacher she said she was staying with, following the death of her parents.
She had claimed that she wanted to leave her teacher’s abode because the teacher was harsh on her.
She said: “Gbenga Adebayo is my neighbour. He used to ask me to buy things for him. One day, he approached me, saying he wanted to help me because my teacher was harsh on me. He said he would rescue me from my teacher and take good care of me. He then took me to his mother’s place in Usi-Ekiti.
“Whenever he comes there, he used to sleep with me. He has done this for 10 times now.
“I was at his mother’s place for three weeks after which I refused to sleep with him again and because of that, he decided to take me to my aunt’s place in Akure. He told my aunt that he found me in his mother’s place in Usi and decided to help me by taking me to her. He is the first man in my life, “ the girl said.
An aunt of the girl, Mrs. Theresa Agboola, who spoke with newsmen in Ado Ekiti, confirmed that the girl was an orphan, having lost both her parents some years ago.
Agboola said: “The girl was staying with her female school teacher (name withheld) who lives in a rented apartment behind Olagold, opposite Ekiti State Teaching Hospital, (EKSUTH) in Adebayo area.
Confirming the Development, Ekiti State Police Public Relations Offcer, Alberto Adeyemi, said the suspect has been charged to court for defilement.