Lagos State Police Command has arrested a 40-year-old widower, Gbenga Taiwo, for allegedly defiling his 15-year-old daughter in their rented apartment at Baruwa, Ipaja area of the state.
Punch reports that Taiwo had been constantly molesting the girl since she was 13 by dipping his fingers into her private parts.
The girl was said to got tired of the molestation, and she reported her father to their landlord who warned Taiwo to desist from the act.
The girl’s father was said to have persisted with the sexual assault, prompting the disturbed girl to report him to her uncle.
It was while the uncle was trying to handle the case discreetly, a neighbour got wind of it and the matter was reported at the Ipaja Police Station and Taiwo was arrested last Saturday.
Mr Ebenezer Omejalile, the Coordinator of ”Advocates for Children and Vulnerable Persons Network”, said that Taiwo claimed to have suspected his daughter was going out with men and decided to conduct “a virginity test” on her with his finger.
“The girl said she had been constantly abused by her father since she was 13. He is about 40 years old and a retired electricity worker.
“Before the intervention of the girl’s maternal uncle, one Mr Alagba, the girl got tired of the wickedness of her father and informed their landlord who confronted the father to stop the evil act and he let him know the consequence of his action.
“But the survivors turned a deaf ear to it and kept doing it to the extent that whenever he was on night duty, he went to the office with girl to keep having her to his satisfaction.
“The man claimed that he saw some pictures in her daughter’s phone and suspected that she was wayward. He said he did not have sex with her but only used his finger to check if she is a virgin or not,” He said.
However, some family members of the suspect claim that he is mentally unstable and was checked into a private rehabilitation centre in Ise Oluwa Hospital in Abeokuta, Ogun State in 2018.
A report signed by the hospital’s Medical Director, Dr Kayode Ojomo, indicated that Taiwo was admitted at the facility on October 1, 2018 “for complaints suggestive of a mild depressive episode.”
Confirming his arrest, the spokesperson of the state police command, Bala Elkana, said investigation has commenced on the case, adding that a test would be carried out to determine the mental state of the suspect.
KanyiDaily had also reported how a 37-year-old man was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for inserting his finger in his 12-year-old daughter’s virgina, to test her virginity.