A 42-year-old tailor, Lucky Emmanuel has been arrested for allegedly raping and impregnating a Junior Secondary School (JSS) 1 student.

The girl, who hawks plantain in the Ajangbadi area of the state was said to have accused Emmanuel of forcing his way on her while she was going about her business.

Emmanuel, a divorcee was arrested after the management of the teenager’s school contacted the police on noticing she was pregnant.

The tailor, however, denied the claim saying he was in a relationship with her.

The tailor who hails from Imo State, maintained that he wanted to marry her, adding that he had given the girl’s family N84,000.

According to Emmanuel, “I didn’t rape her. She was actually living with me with the permission of her parents. We started dating eight months ago and I have started the traditional rites.

“I have done her introduction. I actually gave her parents N20,000 for the introduction and an additional N64,000. I want to get married to her. I only slept with her twice before she got pregnant in October. I made sure she registered for ante-natal care.

“It was her school authority that contacted the police, who arrested me because they felt she was too young to be married. They only labelled it rape to make it look like a crime."