A 60-year-old patent medicine dealer who allegedly defiled a four-year-old girl in Otukpo Town, Benue State, narrowly escaped being lynched by an angry mob.
It was gathered that the suspect identified as Clement Ikechukwu Ogenyi, lured the minor into his room and had carnal knowledge of her at the weekend.
The victim was sent to buy Vitamin C tablets from the suspect’s medicine store close to her home when the incident happened. According to a relative;
“When the girl came home on Tuesday, we discovered she was walking funny. So, I took her inside my house and checked her. She revealed to me that Ikechukwu, popularly known as Ad’Igbo (Baba Igbo) kissed her and touched her private part with his penis.”
It was further learnt that soon after the matter became public knowledge, an angry mob almost lynched the suspect as further revelations suggested that he had molested other minors in the neighbourhood.
Spokesperson of the police in the state, DSP Catherine Anene, who confirmed that the suspect was already in the custody of the police in Otukpo, said he would be transferred to the command’s headquarters as soon as possible.