Esther Friday, a 10-year-old girl, was allegedly raped to death by Isreal Ikumuyi, a 27-year-old farmer, in Igbotako, Okitipupa Local Government Area, Ondo State.
The incident occurred when the little girl was enticed into the room by the farmer who offered to give the young girl money.
The farmer who admitted to the crime stated that his objective was to rape the girl rather than suffocate her to death, and that he covered her mouth with a rag to stifle her pleas for help.
Ikumuyi described how the girl died in his room, saying he was in the kitchen when the young Esther demanded money.
He said, however, he took Esther from the kitchen to his room and handed her 100 Naira, before sleeping with her.
“At first, I didn’t intend to rape her,” he explained, “but when she slept with me on the bed, I couldn’t help myself.” I was excited and wanted to have sexual intercourse with her right away.
According to him, “I didn’t make her have sex with me on my own volition. We were on the bed together, but despite my best efforts, I couldn’t penetrate her, so I had to cover her lips with a rag so she wouldn’t raise an alarm.”
She was crying, but no one could hear her or come to her aid because I had covered her mouth with a handkerchief, causing her to suffocate to death. I was having sex with her when she died.
He claimed he became afraid after learning that the girl had died and decided to lock her in her room while her parents searched for her. However, he claimed that his neighbors discovered the girl’s dead body on his bed.
Ikumuyi, who was dragged to the Magistrate Court in Oke Eda, Akure, said he never planned to rape the girl to death but accidentally suffocated her while doing so.
While presenting the facts of the case to the court, the Prosecutor, Inspector Uloh Goodluck, stated that the accused killed Esther by raping her to death.
He stated that the accused person’s actions were in violation of section 316 and 319(1) of the criminal Code Cap 37, Vol. 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.
Goodluck asked the court to hold the accused in detention pending the conclusion of the Department of Public Prosecution’s legal advice.
He stated that Ikumuyi enticed the victim into his room with the promise of 100 Naira and then had his way with her as the rest of the community searched for her.
The accused person’s plea was not taken because he was not represented by a lawyer in court.
Magistrate N. T. Aladejana, the presiding judge, detained the accused person in Owo Correctional Centre until the conclusion of the DPP’s advice, and the matter was adjourned till May 3, 2022, for mention.