10-year-old Hawker Narrates How 60-Year-old Man Rapped Her 5 Times
“He will call me into his shop pretending that he wanted to buy fish, but he will not buy, rather he will remove his penis and ask me to bend down and he will have sex with me while standing,” a 10-year-old girl that hawks fish told police.
Osita Konal is 60 and he has allegedly rapped the little girl 5 times.
It has become a routine for him, as he waits patiently for his pray to come around his shop in Minna area of Niger State.
He takes advantage of her each time, but he ran out of luck when he failed to give the girl the usual amount he gives her for raping her.
She is 10 but has been molested by a man old enough to be her father or even grand-father.
He Warned Me To Keep It Secret
The victim, who resides behind Bahago Plaza in Minna, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the suspect had sex 5 different times with her while hawking fish in the area.
According to her, the suspect usually lures her inside his shop each time she passes with her tray of fish.
“He will call me inside his
shop pretending that he wanted to buy fish, but he will not buy, rather he will
remove his penis and ask me to bend down and he will have sex with me while
“After the act, he will give
me 200 Naira and warned me not to tell anyone or else he will beat me.
“The fifth time he had sex with me, he refused to give me the 200 Naira and told me to come back later for the money.
“It was when I came back for the money that he locked his shop and was talking to me through the window.
“Then the people around there saw me and asked me what the problem was. I told them and they forced him out and started beating him,” she narrated.
It was a near-jungle-justice lynching, as he was saved by officials of the police and the state Child Right Protect Agency.
The incident which happened on August 25 is still being investigated, Mrs Comfort Olawumi, the spokesperson for the police in Niger State, said.
Konal is in police custody for further investigation.
The Director-General of the state Child Right Protection Agency, Mrs Mairam Kolo, also told reporters that the little girl was undergoing medical care against any form of disease.
She said the agency would ensure justice for the victim and see to it that the perpetrator was punished in accordance with the law.
Mrs Kolo also gave the assurance that the agency would empower parents of the victim to enable them carter for their children and warned parents against sending their children to hawk for means of livelihood.