The Lagos state police command has arrested Adeyeye Babatunde, a young man, who was seen in a viral video “inappropriately” kissing a minor.
In the said video, Babatunde, a 400-level botany student of the Lagos State University (LASU), was seen kissing a three-year-old girl, which he claimed to be his step sister, on Tuesday at their residence in Kajola street, Shagamu in Ogun state.
The incident had earlier sparked outrage on social media platforms with a number of Nigerians calling on appropriate authorities to investigate the matter.
Bala Elkana, the command’s spokesman, however, broke news of his arrest on Friday. “It’s true,” he said in a terse message sent to the TheCable Lifestyle.
Elkana said his arrest followed the directive of Hakeem Odumosu, the state commissioner of police, to the force’s gender unit to analyse the video and apprehend the suspect.
He added that the suspect has been handed over to the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Yaba for further investigation.
Speaking after his arrest, Babatunde said he had no evil intention while kissing the little girl. He also apologised for his action.
“I am really sorry for what I did. I never thought it would turn out this way. I didn’t have any bad intention doing that,” he said.
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The development comes amid the ongoing outrage over the recent cases of sexual assault and murder in the country.
TheCable Lifestyle had earlier reported how Barakat Bello, an 18-year-old girl, was raped and murdered at her father’s home in Ibadan, Oyo state.
Her death had come days after the murder of Vera Omozuwa, a student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), who was raped while reading inside a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Benin.
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