The deceased had boarded the suspect’s motorcycle in Akoko area of the state, but was forcefully dragged into a bush where the suspect raped her to death on Friday July 17, 2020. Dare who admitted to carrying the girl on his motorcyle after almost being lynched by his colleagues, said Zainab died as result of the struggle that ensued between them.
Speaking to Vanguard, Zainab’s mother said;
“On getting to the police station, now visibly frightened Dare pleaded that he should be treated gently assuring that the missing girl would eventually be seen. Shockingly, he further claimed that while he was on his way from Eshe to Irun with Zainab, they had an accident and the girl was seriously wounded.
“Initially, we told the police to carry out immediate investigation into his claims but they were insisting that we must wait for the stipulated 24 hours before taking any action.
“This infuriated villagers and they went out in search of Zainab without the police. Luckily, after about five hours’ thorough search, the corpse of Zainab was discovered along a footpath in the bush. The police was informed and they later picked it.
“The delay by the police forced both commercial motorcyclists in the area and villagers to stage a protest demanding that Dare must be brought out to say what happened to the little girl.
“The protest made the police to accost Dare who started narrating how he raped and later killed the little girl. He told gory tales of how he was raping her inside the bush while they were on their way only to discover that she was dead.
“He claimed that Zainab died as result of the struggle that ensued between them during the process and he dumped her body in the bush.”
Dare disclosed that he has a 6 months pregnant wife. He has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department in Akure where more investigations will be carried out over the case.