Following the alleged rape of an 11-year-old girl in Sapele town, Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State, the Police in the South-South State have confirmed the arrest of a 30-year-old man identified as Jomaph.
Spokesperson of the Delta Police Command, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, on Wednesday in Asaba, revealed that the suspect was arrested after he was captured on a Closed Circuit Television System (CCTV), sneaking into the toilet to meet the victim.
The young man was arrest after he was captured on a nearby CCTV sneaking into the toilet with the little girl.
The suspect has been arrested and the case is currently under investigation.
After preliminary investigation, the case will be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Asaba.
It was gathered that the incident occurred at about 7am on Wednesday, August 12, on Oleh road, Sapele.
According to reports, the victim was said to have gone to use the toilet but returned minutes later crying that she had been raped by Jomaph, who is a neighbour to the victim’s family.
Meanwhile, a community source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, revealed that when Jomaph was questioned over the allegation but he denied raping the little girl.
The source said:
When we questioned him over the allegation, he denied, he even swore that he had not set his eyes on the girl that morning.
Other neighbours pleaded with him to say the truth, but he maintained his stance that he never raped the girl.
Jomaph even went ahead to report the girl and her parents to the police for defamation of character.
However, a CCTV camera installed by a neighbour for his business, later showed the moment Jomaph sneaked into the toilet immediately after the girl had gone to use the toilet.