The police command in Lagos says it has arrested a 27-year-old man of Railway Ijora Badia for defiling a nine-month-old baby.
The command’s spokesperson, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest to journalists in Lagos on Wednesday.
Mr Hundeyin said the case was reported to the police on Monday at about 10:00 p.m. by a concerned resident.
He said the suspect allegedly went to the apartment where the baby’s mother laid her on the floor and quickly went to buy something outside the compound.
“The suspect allegedly had sexual intercourse with the baby and immediately ran away from the scene. The mother of the baby, aged 16 years, came to the station with the baby and was issued a medical form to enable her to take the child to the hospital for urgent medical attention,” he explained.
The police officer added, “However, on Tuesday at about 11:15 p.m., the suspect was smoked out from his hiding by detectives from Ijora Badia Division.”
Mr Hundeyin said the complainant and suspect had made statements, revealing that the suspect confessed to the crime during interrogation.
The command’s spokesman said the crime scene was photographed when the police visited, and a stained pant with blood was recovered as an exhibit.
He said the case file and suspect would be transferred to the gender section of the police command.