Juliana Francis

The Alade Police Station in the Shomolu area of Lagos State has arrested two teenage boys, Salami 17 years old, and Joshua 17 years old over the alleged defilement of an 11yr old girl.

The victim whose mother is late and her father is a site engineer could not cope any longer with their sex exploit so she ran away from home.

She was said to have run to the Nigeria Army Sports Camp to meet a woman Army she did not know to help her.

The distraught child was said to have explained to the woman and her boss, the boss who happened to be a Major in the Army reached out to Advocates for Children and Vulnerable Persons Network (ACVPN) for proper rescue and intervention.

The Head of Rescue and Referral, ACVPN, Comrade Toyin Okanlawon, who is following the case, said, “I was at the station (today) to see the perpetrators whose parents are pleading to settle the matter at the station, but I made the woman officer know that it does not conform with the SOP’s directive.

“Many of the neighbours to the perpetrators claimed to know me because they once volunteered to save the children in the past, yet they don’t learn to know that cases of defilement or child abuse are not to be bargained with.

“Even a state actor that claimed to be a staff of the education board showed his ID  card and also pleaded that the case be settled so that I can be given money, I told him I couldn’t do that and it’s not part of our training.”

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