It was gathered that Ituah, who was later dragged to the Akinpelu Police Division, was caught by a neighbour while allegedly r*ping the little girl. The neighbour alerted the girl’s mother.
The incident occurred on Sunday at about 5pm. The girl’s mother, identified only as Mrs. Ajibade, had gone to the toilet to urinate and left the girl in the corridor.
The victim was said to have gone to play with Ituah, who has a shop in front of the victim’s house, when the suspect allegedly r*ped her.
A neighbour reportedly caught the fashion designer and raised the alarm, which attracted a mob.
The mob reportedly beat up the suspect before dragging him to the police station.
Speaking with Punch, the victim’s mother, Ajibade, a trader, said she left the girl in the corridor so that she would not play with electric appliances in the sitting room.
She said, “It was around 5pm on Sunday that the incident happened. We live in a face-me-I-face-youhouse. The suspect has a shop in front of our house.
“I went to the toilet and returned without seeing my daughter in the corridor. I had left her in the corridor because I did not want her to play with electric sockets in the house.
“When I came back, I could not find her. I did not know she was with the fashion designer. When my girl was brought from the shop, she just pointed to her private parts and cried, ‘Ituah, Ituah’.
“That was how I examined her pants and discovered that she had been raped.
“We were at the Mirabel Centre on Monday for a checkup. She is gradually responding to treatment.
“The suspect’s family members are putting pressure on us. We do not want any case on the matter.”
Child Protection Network CPN coordinator in the Oshodi area, Ebenezer Omejalile, said the suspect confessed to have inserted his fingers into the two-year-old’s private parts, but denied r*ping her.
He said, “The suspect denied having an inter-course with the girl. He was the only one in the shop. He later told the girl’s mother that he only inserted his fingers into the girl’s private parts.
“The shop is closed down as we speak. The suspect has been moved from the division to command headquarters.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed Ituah’s arrest.
She said, “He is in custody at the gender unit of the command headquarters. Investigation is ongoing into the matter.”