The Police in Delta have arrested a 46-year-old security guard who allegedly raped an eight-year-old girl in Ibusa community in Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state.
The incident occurred in the early hours of August 24 in an uncompleted building.
Onome Onovwakpoyeya, spokesman of the Police Command in the state, told journalists on Tuesday in Asaba that the suspect was “caught in the act by neighbours”.
“The suspect was caught in the act by his neighbours after he lured the little girl into the building,” Onovwakpoyeya said.
A source in the community told the News Agency of Nigeria on phone that the suspect is a security guard at the building site, which is close to the victim’s residence.
The source added: “We learnt from the little girl that the suspect lured her into the building by lying that he would send her on an errand.
“When her parents did not see her, they alerted people in the area and a woman in the neighbourhood said she saw the little girl entering the uncompleted building.
“We then rushed into the building and caught him defiling the little girl.
“When we caught him, we found that he tied the hands of the girl before forcing his way into her body.”
The source disclosed that the father of the victim, a Pastor, had opted to keep quiet so as to shield the girl from stigmatisation.
“The father was not prepared to raise any alarm, but we were angry and arrested the suspect.
“We have taken him to the Ibusa Police Station.”