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She Hugged Me And I Lost My Senses, Grandfather Who Raped 12-Year-Old Girl Says

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A 67-year-old man identified as James Olajoyetan has been arrested by police operatives for allegedly defiling a 12-year-old girl who came to spend the recently marked Sallah with her visually impaired grandfather in Ejigbo area of Lagos State.

The suspect, a commercial tricycle operator, was said to have defiled the girl four times since she came visiting.

According to reports, on one of the occasions, he allegedly gagged her mouth to prevent her from shouting in order not to alert her blind grandfather.

However, over the weekend, Olajoyetan, a widower, was said to have called the girl, pretending to send her on an errand.

The victim explained her ordeal, saying:

“When I went, I stood in front of his door. He told me to come inside to collect the money. When I did, he shut the door and raped me. While he was doing it, I wanted to shout but he hit me several times and covered my mouth.”

A neighbour who was said to be returning from a journey was alerted by the girl’s cry. Out of curiosity, he peeped through the window, forced the door open, and caught Olajoyetan in the act. He raised the alarm that alerted residents who rushed to the apartment and handed the suspect to the police at Ejigbo division.

The suspect claimed he was under a spell during the investigation.

He said:

“I had a disagreement with a pastor in Christ Apostolic Church, Kajola. He accused me of being instrumental to his leaving the church. Six months ago, he boasted that he would place a spiritual load on my head and ensure I was publicly disgraced.

“Since then, I didn’t know what came over me. They claimed I raped the girl four times, but it was only once. My wife died in 2005. I have six children, the first is 35 years old while the last is 17 years. I am still shocked that I could lay with a child that is much younger than my last child. When she came in, I gave her N100 and she hugged me. At that point, I lost my sense of judgement.”

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