Social media waves and electronic media channels are all washed with news of assault on minors and toddlers in an almost daily basis. A tide that has grown dangerously within the last few years in Nigeria.

Abdullahi Abubakar has been arrested in connection of repeated assault on an 11-year old girl according to the Niger State Police Command. The incident which reportedly took place at the suspects residence behind ECWA church in Barkin-Sale in Minna, Niger State.

The arrested suspect lured the victim into his room and forcefully had sex with her on July 12, whie she was on an errand. It was gathered that he had had sex with the victim over three times.

He said, “I love the small girl, she is so beautiful that I can’t let her go without making love to her as she always submit to me and I have been making love to her; At least, I have done it more than three times.

“I don’t know what has come over me but I think I love the girl. I have messed up my life; look at me, 29-year-old man having an affair with 11-year -old girl.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, told newsmen that the suspect would soon be charged to court, noting that investigation had been concluded into the incident. The Police PRO who said the suspect had confessed to the crime and regretted his action, advised parents to monitor their children “especially girls so that those hopeless men out there would not take advantage of them.”

In anither related incident, a 17-year-old boy, Sunday Omowaye, was arraigned before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ court for defiling a 9-year-old girl in church. The accused, a fashion designer who resides at 14, Baale St., Ilaje area in Ajah, suburb of Lagos, was charged with defilement.

The Prosecutor Insp. Clifford Ogu, told the court that the offence was committed on Jan. 18 inside a church in Ilaje area of Ajah, Lagos. Ogu said that the accused who worshipped in that church went there, claiming that he went to the church to take measurements of some of the church members.

Most recorded incident have something negligible in that the victims are often unprotected and unsupervised by parents or guardians exposing them to the antics of habitual sexual offenders

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