The Ekiti State Police Command has arrested a 74-year old retired soldier,
Ayoola Aderemi, for allegedly raping an eight-year-old primary school pupil.
The septuagenarian, who was paraded at the Ekiti State Police
Headquarters by the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Mohammed Jimoh,
identified himself as “a retired army general.”
Although some of the
residents of Ayetoro-Ekiti, where the man defiled the minor, said the suspect
was a retired soldier “he was nowhere near the rank of a general.”
suspect, who denied having penetrative sex with the girl, admitted that he
kissed the victim.
He sounded incoherent at a point when he was
interviewed by our correspondent, but it could not be ascertained if he was insane or he was just feigning
The relatives of the victim told our correspondent that the
retired soldier raped the girl, who they claimed was treated and discharged from
the Federal Medical Centre, Ido-Ekiti.
They claimed that the girl had
laceration and her private part became swollen after the incident. She was then
admitted at the FMC, where she was treated.
They said that the old soldier
sent the girl to go and buy sachet water for him but on arrival, he dragged her
into a hidden place, where he defiled her.
The PPRO said investigation into
the crime would continue, adding that the case would be painstakingly probed and
the suspect would be prosecuted if found culpable.