The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has ordered the re-arrest of Lekan, the 17 year old student of St Joseph College, Ondo accused of sodomizing an 8-year-old son of a journalist based in Ondo state.
The boy’s father Mr. Lanre Duyile, had cried out after he claimed that the DPO at Fagun Police Station in Ondo Town where the case was reported, tried to subvert justice by unilaterally releasing the suspect.
Mr. Duyile also contacted a Lagos-based NGO, CEE-HOPE which swung into action by providing funds for the boy’s treatment as well as began a campaign for justice.
It was gathered that the IGP ordered the Ondo Commissioner of Police, Gbenga Adeyanju to immediately effect the teenager’s arrest following the report by this medium and several other media outlets.
As at Monday, March 5, the suspect, Mr. Duyile and his son were summoned to the CP’s office alongside the accused DPO.
The suspect was re-arrested and plans are underway to charge him to court this week.
However, the DPO couldn’t make it to Akure, and sent the Divisional Crime Officer and the Investigating Police Officer who provided needed information for officers at the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, at the police headquarters.
The Public Relations Officer, Ondo Command, Femi Joseph confirmed the arrest of the suspect.
“The CP ordered that the case be transferred to the state SCID for proper investigation. The boy has been arrested. We can assure you that justice will be done” Joseph said
On his part, Duyile who described the meeting as very fruitful said he has been directed to immediately provide the medical report of the examination conducted on his son.
He thanked the IGP, and Ondo CP for personally attending to the case as well as Nigerians for the show of support since the story became public knowledge
” I am profusely thanking Nigerians for coming to my aid, especially CEE HOPE for spearheading the campaign, media for giving me a voice at this trying time. I am confident that I will get justice ” Duyile said
Meanwhile, Betty Abah, CEE-HOPE’s Executive Director took to twitter to express her satisfaction at the speed with which the police authorities have responded to the case. “Progress made on the case on orders of the I.G and CP, Ondo, suspect was rearrested, will soon be charged to court.” She tweeted
“We have no doubt that the justice system in Nigeria will ultimately serve justice no matter how delayed and no matter the stumbling blocks on the road.”
“We are happy that the Ondo CP, the IG and other political stakeholders have responded well. We have our fingers crossed with positive anticipation. We are also committed to standing by the victim and his family all the way,” Abah added.
Besides the police authorities, many political office holders in Ondo State including the chairman of Ondo West LGA, Commissioner, Women Affairs, Hon Omowunmi Olatunji-Edet Member, Ondo State House of Assembly representing Ondo West among others have also reached out to Duyile on the matter, pledging their commitment to ensuring that justice is ultimately done in the case.