On Friday, the Lagos Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps confirmed the arrest of a 24-year-old suspect accused of child rape.
The suspect, Ridwan Akinbode, was arrested a week after a victim reported her experience to the Command. He is from Oyo State and lives in the Bariga area of Lagos State.
The suspect was said to enjoy luring his victims to an unfinished building where he would commit the crime.
On Friday, however, operatives from the command’s Anti-Human Trafficking and Gender Unit apprehended him in his hideout in Bariga.
In a statement released by the Public Relations Officer, Oluwaseun Abolurin, the corp’s commander, Eweka Okoro, said the matter was reported to the gender unit last week after his victim was raped a second time.
“The suspected paedophile was arrested following due diligence, credible and actionable intelligence taken on him by the command’s personnel since the matter was reported to the above named unit last week,” according to the statement.
According to preliminary investigations, the suspect first had carnal knowledge of his victim, who was 15, in an unfinished building where he lured her two years ago. He tried again in October 2022 before being apprehended by our men.”
The command stated that it has collaborated with the Women At Risk Medical International Foundation and other human rights and non-governmental organizations to conduct medical examinations on the victim “in order to bring the perpetrator to justice.”