Family advocates for justice on behalf of a seven-year-old victim of sexual assault.

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Busy Bee November 20, 2023
Updated 2023/11/20 at 11:37 PM

The family of a seven-year-old girl (whose name is being withheld) is seeking justice for the alleged sexual abuse perpetrated by a neighbor in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

In an interview with PUNCH Metro on Thursday, the victim’s aunt, Adeola Adesanya, expressed the family’s distress, particularly regarding the police’s handling of the case. Adesanya claimed that the suspect had been released without proper prosecution. According to her, the police cited the overcrowded correctional centers in the state as the reason, stating that there was no available space to accommodate additional inmates.

The incident occurred on October 21. Upon returning home, Adesanya’s daughter informed her that she had found Baba Abdulahi in a compromising position with her foster sister. When confronted, the foster daughter disclosed that Baba Abdulahi had been touching her private parts. Adesanya’s daughter further revealed that when she went outside to confront the man, he had disappeared.

“I reported the incident to the Igbogbo Police Station, and the child involved was subsequently interviewed. It was during this process that we discovered the perpetrator was the younger brother of Baba Abdulahi. The police requested a transportation fee of N5,000 before apprehending the suspect, and I complied. Following the arrest, I was instructed to undergo two different tests at separate hospitals, both of which confirmed penetration.

I provided the test results to the police, who assured me that the case would be taken to court. However, to my astonishment, a few days before our scheduled court date, I received a call from the police informing me that we could no longer proceed to court. They explained that the suspect had been released due to a circular indicating that correctional centers were overcrowded and unable to accommodate more inmates.

The victim expressed her growing concern over the police’s apparent complacency, fearing that justice might not be served in this matter.”

“I am responsible for caring for this orphaned girl, whose mother, my sister, passed away. At the moment, my primary concern is to ensure that justice is served. However, I am apprehensive about the way the police are handling the case, fearing it may lead to a denial of justice,” expressed Adesanya.

Despite attempts to reach out for a response, Benjamin Hundeyin, the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, did not answer calls or messages.

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