Nigerian police say they have arrested a man after 40 people were raped in one town over the period of a year.
A mother in the northern town of Dangora caught the man in her children’s bedroom, according to police. The man ran away, but neighbors gave chase and caught him.
The man was arrested. Police say the spate of rapes included an attack on an 80-year-old and children as young as 10 years old.
There has been a recent wave of rapes and killing of women in Nigeria, which have led to a national outcry, with thousands in the country signing a petition and using the hashtag #WeAreTired.
The chief of the town said the arrest of the alleged rapist is a welcome development. Residents of the town in south-west Nigeria said that they had lived the last year in fear, even in their own homes, because they had heard a serial rapist was climbing fences and raping women indoors.
One woman said, “We can now sleep with our eyes closed.”