A 76-year-old man, David Ogunsanwo, has been apprehended in Abeokuta by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on allegations of raping and impregnating a 16-year-old girl.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development in Ogun State, Adijat Adeleye, confirmed the arrest on Saturday, November 19, 2023, emphasizing that legal action would be taken to ensure justice for the victim.
Adijat Adeleye disclosed that the Community Development Initiatives at Ajisebutu House, Oba Adenaiya Street, Itamarun in Ijebu Imusin, led by Executive Director Igbodipe Olumide Fidelis, facilitated the arrest. Upon investigation, it was revealed that the undisclosed young girl was already five months pregnant.
Expressing concern over the surge in sexual abuse cases, she urged victims to speak out and encouraged parents not to retract reports of rape cases from law enforcement agencies. She emphasized that withdrawing such cases could embolden perpetrators and perpetuate the crime.
Adeleye stressed the importance of unified action against such despicable acts, highlighting the need for collective efforts to protect children and bring offenders to justice.