Before his arrest, the suspect who lured primary two pupil twice into his room, had raper her twice at knife point. The electrician raped the 13-year-old for the first time on Thursday, April 19, after he allegedly asked her to bring a bucket into his room.
Puch reported that the following day, when the victim was playing with her friends, 36-year-old Okoroafor reportedly took her into his apartment and raped her again. However he was nabbed when the girl’s mother, who had gone to a mosque to observe Asri (4pm prayer) on Friday, returned home and saw her daughter’s slippers at the suspect’s doorstep.
Asabi Abubakar who said she became suspicious and knocked at the door, but did not get any response, told a Punch correspondent;
“That Friday, I went to observe Asri. I came back to pick something in my room, when I saw my daughter’s slippers in front of Emeka’s (Okoroafor) room. The door to his apartment was locked. I sat in front of the apartment. When my son came, he knocked at his door, but he did not open the door.
“My son peeped into his apartment and saw her under his mattress. We saw sperm on her lap and private parts. I asked my daughter what she was doing with Emeka, she said she was playing hide-and-seek with her friends when Emeka dragged her into his room. She said he showed her a knife, covered her mouth and had sex with her. He is an electrician.
The suspect while being interrogated by the police offices at Ijora Police Station after the girl’s mum reported the incident, said he and the girl were lovers.
“He said she was his girlfriend and that he had slept with her four times. But my daughter said it was twice – Thursday and Friday – and that he threatened to stab her if she revealed the secret. We took her to Mirabel Centre in Ikeja and it was confirmed that she was raped,” the girl’s mum said.
The girl who also spoke to a Punch correspondent, said she could not cry for help because the suspect covered her mouth and threatened to stab her.
“I am in primary two. On Thursday (April 19), he asked me to bring a bucket for him. He said he wanted to use it to bath. As I wanted to give him, he took me into his room and brought out a knife and threatened to kill me. He removed my pants, covered my mouth with a piece of cloth and slept with me. On Friday, as I was playing, he took me inside again and did the same thing.”
Lagos State Police PRO, SP Chike Oti, said the suspect had been charged to court on two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse.
The charges read in part, “That you, Emeka Okoroafor, on April 20, 2018 at about 4pm, on Baale Street, Ijora Badia, Lagos, in the Apapa Magisterial District, did unlawfully have sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.”
However the electrician pleaded not guilty, and was granted bail of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum. The suspect is to be remanded in Kirikiri prison pending when his bail conditions would be perfected.