In a disturbing incident in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria, a 76-year-old man has been apprehended by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for allegedly raping and impregnating a 16-year-old girl. The case, which underscores the growing concern over sexual abuse in the country, was reported by Adijat Adeleye, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development in Ogun.
Commissioner Adeleye informed journalists that the elderly suspect is set to be arraigned, ensuring that justice is served for the young victim. She expressed deep concern about the rising instances of sexual abuse in Nigeria and emphasized the importance of victims speaking up against such crimes.
In her statement, the Commissioner highlighted a troubling trend where parents report rape cases to the police but later withdraw them. She strongly advised against this practice, noting that withdrawing cases from the legal process not only denies justice to the victims but also emboldens the perpetrators to continue their criminal actions.
Adeleye’s call to action urges parents and guardians to steadfastly pursue justice in cases of violation against their children and wards. She stresses that seeing these cases through to their legal conclusion is vital in combatting the cycle of sexual violence and holding offenders accountable.
This incident is a stark reminder of the critical issues surrounding sexual abuse in Nigeria, drawing attention to the need for stronger legal interventions, community awareness, and support systems for victims. The government’s response, as indicated by Commissioner Adeleye’s statements, reflects a commitment to addressing these challenges and ensuring the safety and rights of vulnerable populations in the society.