A 44-year-old man, Kabiru Oke, and his 19-year-old son, Farouq Oke, have been arrested by the police in Lagos State for allegedly raping and impregnating a 13-year- old girl.
The incident happened when the 13-year-old victim was leaving with her aunt, the man’s wife at No 1. Olatikupo Street, Egbeda, Lagos.
It was gathered that the girl had reported Kabiru’s sexual abuse on several occasions to his wife but she always shut her up. Farouq reportedly joined in the act when he caught his father raping the victim.
The girl later fled to her mother’s place in Ogun State when she was unable to withstand the defilement. She was enrolled in a school there. It was her teacher who later discovered she was pregnant.
The girl narrated her ordeal in her aunt’s home in Lagos, which prompted her mother to file a report at the police station. According to the victim, the sexual assaults first started in October last year, when her aunt’s husband, Kabiru, asked her to fetch water for him.
“He asked me to fetch bathing water for him and I did. When I brought the water, he pushed me inside the bathroom and raped me. From then, he was doing it regularly. I told my aunt but she did not do anything about it.
“The man continued doing it since his wife did not take any action. Then, in January, Farouq started his own. He saw his father sleeping with me and then, he started doing it,” the child told Child Protection Network’s (CPN) Precious Ndukwu.
Confirming the arrest of the suspects, police spokesman in the state, Bala Elkana, said the case was reported at the Gender Unit by the child’s mother on March 27, adding that the defilement started October 20, 2018.
He said: “The second suspect, being the son of the first suspect, started having unlawful carnal knowledge of the same minor on January 10.
“The suspects have constantly threatened to kill the victim if she ever told anybody about the affairs. The survivor was taken to Mirabel Centre by Gender Unit for medical examination.
“The two suspects were arrested and charged to Magistrate Court two Ogba for defilement. The case was adjourned for May 13, while the suspects were remanded in Kirikiri prison.”