A 20-year-old man, who lures children into his room with kids cartoon television shows on cable network, and then rape them, has been arrested by police in Egbeda area of Lagos State. The suspect, Bassey Johnson, who hails from Akwa Ibom State, met his waterloo when one of his victims, a four-year-old girl, complained of pains in her private parts to her mother. During interrogation, the toddler mentioned Johnson’s name, consequent upon which her parents invited the police.
During interrogation, Johnson, who just concluded his apprenticeship in welding, said: “This is the devil’s handwork. I am indeed very sorry for my action. I did not know that the offence is this grave. When I came back from an outing on Saturday, I tuned my television set to a cartoon station. Immediately, the children in the compound heard the sound, they rushed inside to watch.
“I took my clothes, which I had washed the previous day, to the line and when I came back, I sat on the bed and carried one of the children on my lap. That is how I do it. After some time, as my conscience started pricking me, I dropped her. The children later went out when there was power cut.
“But the child’s mother later called me and asked what I did to her daughter. I opened up but maintained that I did not penetrate.” Vanguard gathered that clinical check on the girl revealed that her hymen was broken, indicating that there was penetration. The suspect, according his parents, had been transferred from Egbeda Division to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID, Yaba.