It is really disturbing and alarming that cases of rape on minors across the country keep rising daily.
This recent development is giving parents and children a hard time, as parenting has now become tougher.
However, David Ogunsanwo, 76, has been taken into custody by members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Abeokuta on allegation of raping and impregnating a 16-year-old girl.
Also, Adijat Adeleye, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development in Ogun, confirmed the arrest.
However, she told reporters in Abeokuta on Saturday, November 19, 2023, that the victim would receive justice. She says the septuagenarian will be arraigned soon.
“The arrest of the aged culprit was facilitated by the Community Development Initiatives located at Ajisebutu House, Oba Adenaiya Street, Itamarun in Ijebu Imusin, led by the Executive Director, Igbodipe Olumide Fidelis.
Rape Victim Is Pregnant
“Upon findings, it was discovered that the young girl, whose identity is undisclosed, was already five months pregnant,” she said.
She expressed worries about the increasing rate of sexual abuse in Nigeria.
However, she appealed to victims to always speak up.
Also, the Commissioner called on parents to stop withdrawing rape cases from the law.
“Parents are advised to report cases of violation of their children and wards to the police and not withdraw such cases until justice is served,” she said.
“Withdrawing cases of violation from the law serves as an impetus for perpetrators to continue the crime.
“Over time, it has been established that collective action and a unified stance against despicable acts are crucial to safeguarding children and bringing perpetrators to justice,” she added.
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