A man alleged to have been defiling his two daughters between the ages of 10 and 13, for the past two years has been arrested by policemen attached to Ikotun division in Lagos.
According to reports, his daughters claimed to have been going through what they described as horrible experience since their mother left them for another man.
They have reportedly kept their experience to themselves after their father has had his way several times; the young girls not being able to resist him, until the elder sister summoned courage and confided in her friend’s mother, who then contacted some child rights groups.
The organisations were said to have effected the man’s arrest at his 29, Omooye Street, Abaranje, home last Saturday, and handed him over to policemen at Ikotun division.
Narrating their ordeal, the elder child (names withheld) said: “Our father started it when I was 11 years old. I did not know he was doing same to my sister who was then eight years.
“I only got to know when I saw her blood stained undies and when I demanded to know whether she had started seeing her monthly flow, she revealed that our father slept with her the previous night. He usually crept to either of us at night whenever he wanted to satisfy his urge. He was the one who disvirgined us,” she said.
The 35-year-old suspect identified as Adewale Adeleke, who ekes out a living driving a commercial bus, admitted to the police that he committed the act, claiming however, that he was not in his right senses doing the times he did it.
“I beg to be forgiven. This is the handiwork of the devil because I do not know what usually comes over me. What usually happened was that the urge would just come and before I know it, I would be with either of them.”
The mother of the girls who reportedly left their father because of alleged battering rushed to Lagos from Ibadan, Oyo State where she now resides when news of the act reached her.
The shocked woman said she was the one responsible for the upkeep of the home despite the way her husband beats her. She said while leaving, she handed her two children to her mother with the intention of sending them monthly allowance, only for their father to take them from her.
In her reaction, Executive Director of Esther Child Rights Foundation, Mrs. Esther Ogwu, said her foundation was making effort to ensure that the woman would take custody of her children, adding also that the arrest of the suspect was a first step to ensure that justice was done.
The two girls are now under police protection while their father will be arraigned at the Ejigbo Magistrate’s Court by the police.
Confirming the arrest of the suspect, Lagos State Police Command, Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Ngozi Braide, said he would be arraigned in court soon.