A 30-year-old man, Sunday Ukeme, arrested for defiling his neighbour’s 13-year-old daughter, has confessed he acted under the influence of alcohol.
The suspect was arrested on October 4, 2021, by detectives of Akodo Police Station, Lagos.
Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, who confirmed the arrest, said the suspect was accused of sleeping with his neighbour’s daughter.
Ajisebutu said the incident happened in Idaso town, Ibeju Lekki, around 10.23pm on September 20, 2021, after the suspect’s wife left for vigil in one of the churches in the neighbourhood.
He said the victim’s mother had kept her daughter in the custody of the suspect’s wife, one Mary Sunday, when she (victim’s mother) travelled out of the town for three weeks.
“According to the victim’s mother, who reported the case at the police station, when she returned from the journey, the victim reported to her that she was defiled by the suspect.
“Consequent upon the report lodged at the police station on October 4, 2021, detectives arrested the suspect. During interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime. He, however, pleaded for mercy, blaming his shameful, immoral and criminal act on the influence of alcohol,” he said.
He said the case has been transferred to the gender unit of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, for diligent investigation and prosecution while the victim has been taken to the hospital for medical attention.