A 34-year-old man, identified simply as Sunday, is now cooling his feet in one of the cells of Ekiti State police command headquarters in Ado Ekiti, after he was arrested for allegedly causing the death of a 13-year-old girl he was said to have defiled.
Police told newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Friday that Sunday committed the offence in Eyio-Ekiti community in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state on Monday, October 28.
A source in Eyio community told newsmen that Sunday and the parents of the late girl were labourers in the same farm.
The source added that the deceased got missing, and a search party went in search of her for three days before her decomposing body was found in a cocoa plantation, adding that the suspect was in charge of the cocoa plantation while the victim’s parents were in charge of palm tree plantation.
It was said that on the day Sunday allegedly raped the victim, they both went to the farm together, and he tricked her to a far corner of the cocoa plantation and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.
The source, who said the girl must have died due to excessive bleeding, also revealed that Sunday must have covered the victim’s mouth with a wrapper, thereby suffocating her to death.
The source said, “When the parents of the girl could not find their child till 8.00 p.m. on that day, and the second day, the Eyio-in-Council held a meeting and insisted that the girl must be found at all cost, so members of the O’odua Peoples Congress were mobilized and directed to comb everywhere in the area including the bush.
“But when they could not find her, they later contacted the police. The police now joined the search party. When they got to a portion in the farm, the police perceived an odour and they traced the spot and found her body with blood from her private part.”
The accused was immediately arrested by the OPC since he was the only person in the farm that day and, upon interrogation, he was said to have confessed to committing the crime before being handed over to the police.
According to the Public Relations Officer of Ekiti command, Mr. Victor Babayemi, the 34-year old suspect, who is a native of Cross River State, had tricked the girl, whose parents were said to be of Urhobo extraction in Delta State, and allegedly raped her to death.
Babayemi announced that the body of the deceased rape victim had been deposited at the mortuary of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH).
He said the suspect was being detained at the Criminal Investigations Department in the command headquarters.