Police operatives have arrested 67-year-old James Olajoyetan for allegedly defiling a 12-year-old girl who came with her visually impaired grandfather to spend the recently marked Sallah in Lagos State's Ejigbo region.
The perpetrator, a private tricycle operator, has been accused of defiling the girl four times since she came to visit. It was congregated that one of the times was in the one-room apartment of her grandparents. He was reported to have gagged her mouth so that she did not scream to warn her blind aunt.
Olajoyetan, a widow, was said to have called the girl on the weekend too, claiming to take her on an errand. The survivor explained her ordeal and said:
“When I went, I stood in front of his door. He told me to come inside to collect the money. When I did, he shut the door and raped me. While he was doing it, I wanted to shout but he hit me several times and covered my mouth.”
A neighbour said to be returning from a journey was alerted by the girl’s cry. Out of curiosity, he peeped through the window, forced the door open, and caught Olajoyetan in the act. He raised the alarm that alerted residents who rushed to the apartment and handed the suspect to the police at Ejigbo division.
During interrogation, the suspect claimed he was under a spell. He said: “I had a disagreement with a pastor in Christ Apostolic Church, Kajola. He accused me of being instrumental to his leaving the church. Six months ago, he boasted that he would place a spiritual load on my head and ensure I was publicly disgraced.
“Since then, I didn’t know what came over me. They claimed I raped the girl four times, but it was only once. My wife died in 2005. I have six children, the first is 35 years old while the last is 17 years. I am still shocked that I could lay with a child that is much younger than my last child. When she came in, I gave her N100 and she hugged me. At that point, I lost my sense of judgement.”