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One Isiaka Mustapha, who was arrested for raping an orange seller in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, has blamed evil spirits for the act.
The 29-year-old driver reportedly committed the act on January 6th, at Aremo area of Ibadan, the state capital, while pretending that he wanted to buy oranges from the 14-year-old girl.
The girl was hawking in the neighborhood when the suspect called.
Since she was already familiar with Mustapha and his wife, who were her regular customers, she did not hesitate to take her tray into his room.
Unknown to her, the suspect had allegedly sent his wife to go and fetch water but as the girl waited for Mustapha to pay for the oranges he bought, he reportedly pounced on her and forced himself into her.
He was said to have broken her hymen, as she was still a virgin, resulting in bleeding.
The teenager, narrating her ordeal to Tribune, recalled how she struggled with the suspect and screamed for help but nobody came to her rescue.
She said, “I had to tell my mother when she got back home following profuse bleeding and reported at the police station.”
The suspect, during interrogation at the Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, confessed that it was an evil spirit that manipulated him.
Mustapha said, “It is true I raped Halimat (pseudonym).
“She used to hawk oranges in my neighbourhood, and my wife and I used to patronize her.
“We also used to collect orange peels from her to use as mosquito repellant.
“That day she came as usual to sell oranges, I was repairing a faulty electric cable.
“My wife had gone to look for water that I would use to bath. Halimat asked for water and I gave her.
“She expressed tiredness, saying that she would rest a little bit but I told her I was going back to motor park to work.
“At a point, I didn’t know the spirit that entered into me and made me to rape her in my room. The spirit ordered me to lick her vagina first and then I inserted my joystick into her. She was a virgin.
“When I forced my manhood into her, she screamed in pain and I withdrew immediately. I regretted my action when I saw her bleeding and started asking for forgiveness from God.
“I also pleaded with her to forgive me. I paid her the money for the oranges I bought and asked to go home.
“Two days after, two men came to my house and I was arrested,” Mustapha added.
Parading the suspect at the weekend, the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Adekunle Ajisebutu, admonished parents to watch over their children carefully and desist from sending them on errands that could expose them to danger.
The PPRO added that the suspect would be arraigned after the conclusion of investigations.