Ondo State Police Command have arrested a 36-year-old school bus driver, Humble Michael, for defiling a four-year-old pupil in the Ogijo area of the state.
Michael allegedly raped the minor on the way home last Friday after he had dropped her colleagues off at their various homes.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed this in a statement on Friday, said the suspect was arrested after the mother of the victim reported the matter at Ogijo Divisional headquarters.
Oyeyemi said the mother of the victim told the police that “while her husband was bathing her daughter, he discovered that blood was gushing out of her private part, and when the girl was questioned, she disclosed to her parents that the driver of their school bus wass the person who had sex with her on the 21st of January 2021 on their way coming from school.
“The victim stated further that after the driver had dropped all other school children at their various homes, she was the only person left in the bus, this gave the driver opportunity to park somewhere along the road and defiled the little innocent girl.”
The PPRO added that upon the report, the DPO Ogijo Division, CSP Muhammed Sulaiman Baba detailed his operatives to go after the suspect and got him arrested.
“On interrogation, the suspect admitted that he actually committed the crime,” Oyeyemi said, adding that “the victim was quickly taken to General hospital for treatment and the doctor’s report confirmed that she had been sexually abused.”
Oyeyemi said the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to the anti-human trafficking and child labour unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.
He added that the CP also appealed to parents to always make the wellbeing of their children especially female ones a number one priority so as to keep them safe from those evil men lurking around everywhere.
“He also warned school proprietors to always have background checks of those they want to employ to save them from employing criminals.”
KanyiDaily had also reported how an Assistant Headmaster was arrested for allegedly raping a 10-year-old pupil, claiming that he had an affair with the victim with her consent without any threat or force.