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Gardener defiles 13-year-old church member inside worship centre in Lagos


A 52-year-old man, Isiaka Afolabi, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly defiling a 13-year-old girl, Joy (pseudonym).
   

   
City Round learnt that Afolabi works as a gardener in a white garment church in Mushin area of Lagos.

It was gathered that Joy’s mother had sent her on an errand on Thursday, October 24, in the evening when Afolabi lay in ambush for her.  He was said to have lured her to the church premises where he lived and had canal knowledge of her.

It was learnt that the mother of the girl became worried she did not return in time and went on a search.
   

   
The mother, who reportedly noticed uneasiness in Joy when she eventually returned home, grilled her on her whereabouts. After much pressure, she was said to have opened up to her mother.

Punch correspondent gathered that the family alerted a rights group, Advocate for Children and Vulnerable Persons Network of Nigeria to the incident.

The case was consequently reported to the police at the Area D Command, Mushin and Afolabi was apprehended.
   

   
The ACVPN Coordinator, Mr Ebenezer Omejalile, stated that the group was following the case at the gender unit of the Area Command handling it.


The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Bala Elkana, promised to get an update on the case and get back to our correspondent. He had, however, yet to do so as of press time.

But a police source at the Area D Command told City Round that Afolabi had been charged.

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