The Ogun State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Adijat Adeleye, on Saturday, confirmed the arrest of a 76-year-old man, David Ogunsanwo, for allegedly raping and impregnating a 16-year-old girl (names withheld).
Ogunsanwo was said to have been arrested in Abeokuta, the state capital, by men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
Adeleye, who disclosed this while speaking to newsmen in Abeokuta on Saturday, said the suspect would be charged to court, adding that her ministry would follow through to ensure justice was served.
The commissioner, who expressed worries over the increasing rate of sexual abuse cases in the country, appealed to victims to always speak out.
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Adeleye said, “The incidence of people going to the police, reporting and withdrawing the case is increasing. And we want to draw the attention of all parents, that if their child is a victim of violation, report the case to the police and do not withdraw it.
“We are aware that cases of violation and abuse are increasing. There’s a huge increase in these kinds of crimes, especially against children.
“When you withdraw the case, it gives the perpetrator the opportunity to continue to do it and also do it to other children.”