A Lagos trader, popularly called Mallam has been arrested after a nine-year-old boy complained about experiencing pains in the anus to his mother.
The suspect, identified as Mallam Isiaka, 34, was arrested and detained by the Lagos State Police Command, Iju Division for raping the boy, Christopher (not real name) eight times.
Punch Metro reports Christopher as a primary one pupil who lived with his parents on Coker Alhaja Street, Old Akute Road, Iju. His mother constantly sent the child to Mallam Isiaka’s shop for household items.
A neighbor said the parents became “‘suspicious’ when Christopher was sent on an errand, Monday, and returned with his pants soaked after he had stayed longer than necessary to run the errand”.
She added, that Isiaka was a favorite of the neighbors as he sold most of the household items they needed. She said:
“Isiaka sells items across the road in his shop. The boy’s parents used to send him on errands to the shops. He bought household items like sugar, milk, and biscuits from Isiaka. We call him mallam.
It was on Saturday that the boy got the courage to open up on the incident. The boy said the mallam had been raping him in his shop anytime he ran errands for his parents”.
The preteen was previously afraid of speaking out as Mallam Isiaka had threatened he would die if he ever told anyone. It was on Saturday, he finally had the courage to tell his mother what the trader had been doing to him.
Christopher’s mother who requested her name not be mentioned in print, confirmed the neighbor’s story as she narrated her son’s ordeal, saying “her son confessed ‘the mallam had raped him eight times'”.
The boy was taken to the hospital for tests when Mallam Isiaka kept denying the boy’s accusations; the sexual-assault was confirmed.
His mother told reporters:
“We have gone to the hospital and they have given him drugs. We are supposed to go to the hospital again. If you see my son’s anus, it is wider than my own. Ordinarily he is an agile child, but he suddenly became cold recently.
If not for the spirit of God, I would not know since he is not a girl. I would never think anyone would be raping my boy”.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos confirmed Isiaka’s arrest. She ratified the case is presently opened at the Isokoko division. Badmos assures justice will be done on behalf on nine-year-old Christopher.
What would you do if you found out a trader has been raping your nine-year-old son whenever you send him on errands to purchase the trader’s wares?