A 20-year-old man, Abdullateef Ibrahim, who was arrested by the Niger State Police Command for allegedly raping a five-year-old girl, has pleaded for forgiveness, saying he started raping children after his girlfriend left him.
The Niger State Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, said on Sunday that the suspect was apprehended by operatives attached to Nasko police division, adding that he had been charged to court.
Abubakar explained that the suspect confessed to the crime during interrogation, noting that the victim had been taken to the General Hospital, Magama, for treatment.
It was learnt that the victim was running an errand for her mother when Ibrahim dragged her to an isolated area in the bush and had sex with her.
Northern City News gathered that the suspect had been involved in the heinous act for over two years before he was eventually arrested by police operatives.
Ibrahim told Punch correspondent that he had forcefully had carnal knowledge of more than six underage girls in the community.
He said, “Since my girlfriend left, I have been in the act and I enjoyed doing it, but at times I will ask myself ‘why am I into this mess and the urge still continues?’ It is quite unfortunate that I found myself in this hopeless predicament.”
He begged for forgiveness and advised other youths to shun “the wicked act that may mar their future.”