The school-leaver, who is also learning a trade, allegedly r*ped the girl, Fatima (real name withheld), when she and her elder brother went to watch a television in the suspect’s apartment.
The victim’s family and the suspect were said to be neighbours in the area.
The Punch reports that on Sunday, around 9am, Fatima and her seven-year-old brother, Wareed, went to the suspect’s room to watch the TV.
It was learnt that while the two were in Johnson’s apartment, Wareed fell asleep. The suspect was said to have r*ped the girl, after the brother slept.
A neighbour, who identified herself as Adeyinka, said it was Fatima’s mother, who later discovered that the four-year-old had been r*ped when the girl continued to scratch her private parts.
She said, “Bass (Johnson) is very close to the girl’s family. They are neighbours and the children usually went to watch TV in his room. On that Sunday, the girl and her brother went into Bass’ room and while they were watching TV, the brother slept off.
“Bass thereafter r*ped the girl. The brother was sleeping in the room while Bass, who could not control his urge, r*ped the girl. After the girl came out of the room, the mother noticed that she kept crying and was scratching her private parts.
“When the mum checked Fatima’s privates, she saw bloodstains and semen. When she confronted the perpetrator, the man confessed to the crime. That was how the matter got to the police.”
The matter was said to have been reported at the Idimu Police Division, and Johnson was arrested.
The Lagos Domestic and S*xual Violence Response Team had also stepped into the incident.
The DSVRT Coordinator, Lola Vivour-Adeniyi, said the girl had been taken for a checkup, adding that the Department of Public Prosecutions had requested for the duplicate case file.
Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the arrest, adding that the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department.