A 45-year-old bricklayer, Mohammed Sani, has been arrested by the FCT Police Command for allegedly sodomising an 11-year-old boy in the Mabuchi area of the city.
The victim, who is an apprentice at a mechanic workshop, told PUNCH Metro that his friend introduced him to Sani.
He added that whenever Sani had sex with him, he would give him N20 to buy biscuits and would warn him not to tell anyone about what transpired.
The victim said, “When I was at the workshop some months ago, my friend told me to come, saying someone had a job for us. When I got to the man’s place, he took off my clothes and raped me.
“After he had finished, he gave me N20 to buy biscuits. He told me that if I told anyone, he would beat me.
“After that day, he continued to do it with me. Sometimes, he would give me N20, while some other times he would give me N30.”
The victim told our correspondent that the suspect sodomised him many times between March and July.
However, nemesis caught up with the suspect last Thursday when the victim returned home late and could not explain to his mother where he had been.
Speaking to our correspondent, the mother of the victim, Mrs Yakubu, said she did not know that her son had been a victim of defilement for several months.
On how she found out, Mrs Yakubu, said when her son returned late from the workshop, she asked him where he had been and why the clothes he wore were different from the ones he put on when he was going to work.
Mrs Yakubu, who is a widow, said, “Usually, my son closes from work at 6pm and whenever he leaves the shop, his master would call me to inform me. So, I waited for hours for my son to return home.
“He came back around 10pm, and when I asked him why he was just returning home, he said he had a very busy day.
“I also noticed that he was wearing an oversize pair of trousers. When I asked who gave it to him, he said it was one ‘uncle’. So, I punished him and asked him about the relationship between him and the ‘uncle,’ but he initially refused to speak.”
The victim’s mother said when he could no longer bear the punishment, he confessed that Sani had been sodomising him and had threatened to kill him if he exposed him.
“I was disappointed in my son because he used to tell me things. I never expected him to be so secretive,” the widow said.
Sani, who is married, told PUNCH Metro that it was the devil that pushed him to do it.
The bricklayer said he was ashamed of himself and asked his young wife to forgive him.
“I cannot really explain what came over me. I was not like this before,” he said.
When our correspondent asked him if he was defiling the young boy for spiritual reasons, the suspect said no.
The suspect’s wife, while speaking to our correspondent, said she was disappointed.
Mrs Sani said even though she had not given birth to any child for her husband, he was patient with her and wondered why he would indulge in such an evil act.
Police investigations, however, revealed that Sani might have defiled other young boys in the area.
A woman, Sefia Panshak, told our correspondent that she believed her 10-year-old son might have also been defiled by the alleged paedophile.
The boy, however, said the suspect used to hug him.
“The man only used to hug me and give me N400 whenever he sends me on an errand,” the boy said.
The spokesman for the FCT Command, Anjuguri Manzah, confirmed the incident adding that investigations were ongoing.
He said, “I can confirm the incident. Investigations are ongoing and the suspect will be transferred to the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.”