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A 35-year-old man, Andrew Ekanem, has been arrested by the police for allegedly raping his neighbour’s daughter in the Bariga area of Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the 14-year-old victim was still undergoing a six-month treatment for tuberculosis when she was attacked by the suspect on Monday morning.

Our correspondent was told that the victim was the first of four children.

The mother of the victim, Mrs. Adenike Aderinkomi, a trader, told our correspondent at their house on Akilo Street that her daughter went to ease herself in the early hours of the morning when she was cornered by the Cross River State indigene.

She claimed the suspect penetrated her daughter through the anus and vagina.

She said, “It was around 2am on Monday when my daughter woke up and said she wanted to go and ease herself.

“I was having my quiet time and didn’t know when I slept off. I woke up about 15 minutes later and didn’t see her in the room.

“I woke her father up and he said he didn’t know her whereabouts. We both became anxious and went outside to search for her.

“Another neighbour also joined us in the search.”

She said she was shouting her daughter’s name in the backyard, but did not get any response.

Aderinkomi said about 10 minutes later, her husband saw their daughter coming out of Ekanem’s room.

Our correspondent learnt people overwhelmed her with a barrage of questions, but the Primary six pupil insisted she went to ease herself.

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