Man rapes 7-year-old girl inside mosque during prayers


Little girl (illustration) 
By: Wayne Morin

A man was arrested on a charge of rape after allegedly luring a little girl into a mosque, where he raped her, according to police in Nigeria.

Lagos police said that they have arrested 28-year-old Modiu Diallo, after being accused of raping the 7-year-old girl in the Iponri Central Mosque.

Diallo was charged with rape, kidnapping and assault. In court, Diallo pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was booked into jail, and his bail was set at $1,500.

According to the police investigation, the incident unfolded on Wednesday around 6:00 a.m., while members were praying in another room.

In March, Lagos State Police said that they have arrested 32-year-old Uwem Femi Asuquo, after being accused of raping his 10-year-old niece.

According to the police investigation, Asuquo offered to allow the victim to live in his house after his brother died to ease the burden on his sister-in-law.

However, unknown to Iya Tope, the girl's mother, her brother-in-law raped her daughter on an ongoing basis. At some point, the victim escaped and went to live with her grandmother.

One day, Asuquo arrived at the grandmother’s house and took the girl to a mosque, where he raped her. A neighbor who saw the uncle and the victim together, became suspicious and called the police.

Police officers who arrived at the scene, questioned the girl, who revealed that her uncle just raped her in the mosque. She also revealed that Asuquo, had been having sex with her while stayed at his home.