The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Sabongari Division, has arrested Emmanuel Francis, 21, of Dan-Raka Estate, Samaru, for allegedly raping a three year old girl.
Parading the suspect before newsmen in Zaria on Friday, the Divisional Police Officer, SP Ahmed Musa said the case was reported to the division by one of its staff, Kamal Aliyu.
“I received a phone call at about 3pm on Thursday from one of our staff, Kamal Aliyu, who lived in the same compound with the accused and the parents of victim.
“I immediately mobilised our men to the scene.
“When they arrived at the house, they discovered that people had nearly lynched the accused, but for Aliyu, who locked him up in his room after persuading the crowd,” he said.
Musa said the girl had been taken to Major Ibrahim Abdullahi Memorial General Hospital for medical examination to ascertain the fact and level of penetration.
He said the case would be charged to court after investigation.
The accused, who admitted to committing the crime, said he was under satanic influence.
The mother of the girl said, “We reside in the same compound with Emmanuel and my children used to call him Uncle Emmanuel.
“I was preparing to proceed to Islamiyya School, only to find out that the girl was not around.
“I knew she used to go to his room to play with his younger sister because they stay together.
“When I went into the room, I saw Emmanuel on top of my daughter.
“There and then I shouted; people who gathered wanted to lynch him but a security man saved his life,” she said.NAN