A 13-year-old girl, on Tuesday, took the courage and narrated to the Special Offences and Domestic Violence Court how an elderly customer of her grandmother, one Ahmadu Ali, popularly known as ‘Baba 90’ ,aged 62 molested and defiled her when she was aged 11, NIGERIA NEWS reports.
The young student told the court about her ordeal that took place in February 2017,in an uncompleted building, while being led in evidence by Mr Babajide Boye, the prosecuting counsel.
“My grandmother sent me on an errand to give my sister a sanitary towel. While returning home, Baba 90 carried me into an uncompleted building. I know him, he used to buy things from our shop.
“He removed my skirt and my pant and he removed his own knickers too and he put his penis into my bum-bum (vagina) and he told me that if I told anybody, he will kill me.
“He closed my mouth with his hand; this is the second time he was doing it, the first time was in our house and that time he also said he was going to kill me,” she said.
An anonymous source who was said to have seen the old man carry the young girl into the building made a report to the NDLEA office that was nearby.
“NDLEA officers came to the uncompleted building and took us to the police station.
“I was asked questions at the police station and they also asked him (the defendant) questions too. My grandmother and my mummy were also at the police station,” she said.
During a cross-examination by the Ali’s lawyer, Mrs R. E. Ogbepkolan, she said that the Ali had given her N70 after the heinous act.
“The uncompleted building is along the road, people cannot see what is going on inside, I was taken there when I was returning from my sister’s shop.
“The defendant carried me on his shoulder, he said if i shout, he was going to kill me.
“The defendant buys things from my grandmother’s shop, he sometimes buys on credit. Baba 90 was owing my grandmother N240 for the things he bought.
“On the day the defilement happened, I did not ask for money. When he finished, he put N70 beside me and warned me that I should not tell anybody,” she said.
NIGERIA NEWS reports that according to the prosecution, the defendant committed the offence at 2:00p.m. on Feb. 3, 2017 behind the NDLEA office, Kasoleri, Itokin Road, Ikorodu, Lagos.
“He had unlawful carnal knowledge of the student who was 11-years-old at the time thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2015,” Boye said.
Section 137 prescribes a life sentence for anyone found guilty of defiling a child.
The trial Justice Sybil Nwaka, the judge in charge of the case, adjourned it till May 14, for another trial.