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A 39-year-old man, identified as Abdul Abdul has been arrested in Jos, Plateau State for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl after taking shelter in her mom’s shop on a rainy day.
Abdul, a married father-of-six who lives in Bukuru, Jos South Local Government Area, allegedly committed the crime on June 8, when he went into the girl’s mother’s shop to buy water.
Reacting to the incident on Monday, July 13, Abdul claimed that what he had with the girl was “sex,” not rape. He said he took shelter in the girl’s mother’s shop after buying 20 Naira sachet water following a break from the building project he was involved in in the house opposite the shop and remained there for a while as he discussed with the girl.
He said that in the course of their discussion, he touched her shoulder, and when she didn’t resist, he went further. He alleged that the girl pulled down her trousers herself and encouraged him to ejaculate in her.
He said he ejaculated on her thighs instead and when he was done, she ran out screaming for help, thereby drawing the attention of neighbours.
He claimed that he is familiar with the girl as they live on the same street and maintained that the act was consensual.
The suspect has however been charged to Plateau State High Court.