Angry youths of Fehintoluwa community in Idiya, Abeokuta north local government area of Ogun state, have burnt down the family house of an ex-convict, Orija Mercy who reportedly raped a 12-year-old girl, Janet Fakeye to death.
It was gathered that, the suspect who is now at large, allegedly dragged the victim, a Junior Secondary School student of the Army Day Secondary School, Alamala, Abeokuta into his family house in the community and raped her to death.
The incident, it was gathered angered the youths of the community who stormed the suspect’s house and set it ablaze.
The suspect, it was gathered, accosted the victim while she was going back home from where she had gone to buy soap to wash her school uniform on Wednesday and dragged her into the building.
The suspect who had been earlier convicted for assaulting a Point of Service (PoS) operator in the community last year, reportedly raped the girl shortly after he was released from prison, having served his jail term.
The suspect was reported to have tied the hands, legs and covered the mouth of the deceased before allegedly raping her to death.
The suspect was reported to have dumped the corpse of the victim in another building beside his house and ran away.
The father of the deceased, Sanjo Fakeye, demanded for justice for her late daughter from the government.
The deceased’s father said “When Janet arrived from school on Wednesday, she was writing her homework and after she was done, she told me she wanted to buy a detergent in our neighbour’s house to wash her socks.
“I gave her money to buy the detergent. As I gave her the money, I was sitting outside and after a while, I didn’t see her return from the place she went to buy the detergent. The place where she went to buy the detergent is not far from the house.
“So, I went to check on her, I was told she had been attended to and had left the place, I became agitated.
“I then thought that may be she went to collect a book from her friend for her homework. I went to the friend’s place and asked for my daughter, but she said she had not see her.
“I later went to report at the police station around 8p.m after we had searched for her, but could not find her. As we were heading towards the police station, I received a call from the community that they had found the dead body of my daughter.”
He alleged that, her daughter was raped to death by Mercy after he tied her hands and legs and covered her mouth.
The deceased’s father said the remains of his daughter was dumped in another building beside his house after he committed the offence.
According to him, the soap and the blood stains were seen in the suspect house while he ran away through the back door.
Also speaking on her daughter’s death, Tayo Fakeye said, some people saw the suspect while leaving his house.
She said, many people heard the barking of a dog in the house while he was dumping her daughter’s body in the other building before he escaped.
“After committing the act, some women saw him coming out of the building. But before the men could got there, he had left after he had dumped the body of the girl inside the next house and a dog started backing.
“We want government to help us and arrest him. We saw blood stains on the floor. We also saw the detergent she went to buy. The policemen also saw it. Mercy is the culprit.
“The youths burnt the house because of the incident. The owner of the house, who is the father of the suspect, died just a month ago.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, SP, Abimbola Oyeyemi said his men have begun search for him.
Oyeyemi said the suspect was just released from the prison after he was sentenced for a crime he committed in the community.
The PPRO said, the police have launched a manhunt on him over the crime.
He said “it is true that we are looking for him. The suspect is an ex-convict who was just released from the prison. He would soon be arrested and made to face justice.”