Adeyemi Dairo, 27, a cobbler living in Ibadan,Oyo state has been arrested by the police for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl.
Reports say Dairo, an indigene of Eruwa town in Oyo, forcefully had sex with the victim (names withheld) at his shoe repair shop on August 21, 2014.
The suspect, however, claims the rape allegations are false describing the young girl as his girlfriend.
According to Tribune reports, Dairo asked the victim to help him take a bench to his room. As a mark of respect, the girl did as the cobbler requested but her decision was at a cost as she lost her virginity. Crime Reports learnt that the suspect allegedly followed the girl into the room, tied a cloth across her mouth to prevent her from shouting and tore her underwear before having his way.
He later threatened to organize a gang rape if the victims dares to tell anyone about what happened. The girl was said to have complied until her mother noticed her awkward movement few days after. She confessed to her mother and the case was reported immediately at the Eleyele Police Station.
Dairo admitted to having sex with the girl but denied the allegation of rape, saying that she was his girlfriend. “The girl in question is my girlfriend. I have known her for the past six months. I told her I liked her the first day she came to mend shoes but she said she was not interested.
“About a month after, when she came again, I brought up the issue and she agreed to my proposal. She used to come to my shop thereafter and would even bring cooked food for me. I used to buy things for her also. We had known for four months when she visited me. I told that we should go to my room and she agreed. We went in and had sex. I was not the one who deflowered her.
“Recently, her mother followed her to my place and asked whether I knew her and I confirmed that she was my customer. She said she took long in returning from an errand and said I should always drive her away from my shop. I was surprised when the police came the following day to arrest me.
“I was also shocked when the allegation of rape was levied against me, also that I tied her hands, covered her mouth and threatened her not to tell anybody. She is my girlfriend, no doubt about that, and we had sex together just once. She told me she was 14 years old and I am 27 years old. I didn’t use condom the day I slept with her but did not ejaculate in her.”
When asked whether he would agree that her sister of the same age as the victim should have a boyfriend, Dairo replied: “I don’t see anything wrong in it. I can’t also stop her from having sex, I will only advise her to be careful.”
Oyo police spokeswoman, Olabisi Okuwobi-Ilobanafor said that the suspect will soon be charged to court after investigations