The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a 400-level student of the Lagos State University, Babatunde Adeyeye, who was seen in a viral video kissing a 3-year-old girl.
Adeyeye was arrested by the police on Friday at his residence on Kajola Street, Sagamu area of Ogun State.
Bala Elkana, the spokesman for the Lagos Police, who confirmed Adeyeye’s arrested noted that the Lagos Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, had charged a team of detectives to track down Adeyeye after the attention of the command was drawn to the video.
“The video shows one Babatunde Adeyeye, a Botany student at the Lagos State University, kissing his three-year-old stepsister. The incident happened on June 2, 2020 in their residence at Sagamu. The CP tasked detectives from the Gender Unit to analyse the video and apprehend the suspect.
“The team got the suspect about 11am on Friday. He was handed over to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for diligent prosecution.”
The Lagos Police Commissioner also urged the public to speak out against rape, child abuse and other crimes against women.
The suspect in his statement to the police noted that he did the video of him kissing his baby sister without any bad intention, adding that his father was sitting next to him and his neighbours were with him on that day.
“I am a student at the Lagos State University. On June 2, around 8pm, my stepsister and I were playing outside. My dad was sitting beside me and my neighbours were with me playing.
“I did a video of me kissing the girl without any bad intention. After making the video, I posted it on my WhatsApp status and a lady messaged me, calling me a rapist. I was remorseful because that was not the first time I posted the girl’s picture. The lady blocked me immediately because I messaged her.
“She screenshot it (the video) and posted it on social media. She is a friend of my course mate. If truly I had bad intention, I wouldn’t have posted it on my WhatsApp status.
“I have made a video to say I am really sorry for what I did. I know what I did is bad and I am very sorry. I didn’t know it will end up like this,” the suspect said.
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