Policemen attached to Igbogbo Division in Lagos have arrested a 70-year-old school proprietor for allegedly raping an eight-year-old pupil.
The Primary 4 pupil of Brighter Glory School (names withheld) disclosed that the proprietor, Mr. Isaac Eniasec, sent her to go and tidy up his office after close of school.
Midway into the clean-up, she said, “he came into the office and asked me to lie down. I was scared because of what my mother told me about men. When I hesitated, he tore my pant and laid on me.”
Caught in the act
Meanwhile, her classmate and her younger sister, said to have been on their way home with her when Eniasec called, reportedly went in to find out why she was taking long, only to catch the proprietor in the act.
A relative of the victim, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Vanguard that on sighting the pupils, the proprietor got up, straightened his shirt and dashed out of the office.
She said when the news reached them, they rushed to the school only to find the pupil still in the proprietor’s office and bleeding from her private part.
She said: “We took her to a private hospital where doctors confirmed that there was penetration and that her hymen had been broken. Some semen were brought out of her private part and shown to us.”
It’s animalistic, says victim’s father
Describing the incident as dehumanising, father of the victim disclosed that when news of the alleged defilement went round Eturenren Street, where the school is located, it was discovered that his daughter’s case was not the first of its kind with the 70-year-old man.
He said: “This is a big disgrace; a child that is old enough to be his granddaughter. It was after the incident that I got to know that my daughter was not the only girl that has been assaulted by the man.
“We want him to be prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others with such animalistic tendency.”
However, when contacted the septuagenarian’s son, who refused to have his name in print, described his father’s act as the handiwork of the devil, saying he could have been under a strange influence.
Spokesman for Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident, saying he had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, for further investigation.