Father, son remanded for raping, impregnating teenager

Father, son remanded for raping, impregnating teenager

• Home video seller nabbed for molesting minor in Lagos
Deji Lambo

Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested one Kabiru Oke, and his son, Faruq, for allegedly raping and impregnating the daughter of the sister to Kabiru’s wife in the Egbeda area of the state.

The suspects were alleged to have taken advantage of the fact that the victim lived with them by having carnal knowledge of her and threatened to kill her if she revealed the molestation to anyone.

The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, in a statement on Sunday, said the suspects were exposed after the victim’s mother suspected some changes in her, which led to the discovery that she was pregnant.

He stated that the personnel of the command arrested the suspects after receiving a complaint from the victim’s mother, adding that both Kabiru and Faruq had been charged to court for molestation.

Elkana said, “On Wednesday, March 27, 2019, the command’s Gender Unit received a complaint of molestation of a minor reported by the mother of the minor against the husband of her elder sister, Kabiru Oke, 44, and his son, Faruq Oke, 19, at No 1 Olatikupo Street, Egbeda.

“The victim has lived with the perpetrators for a couple of years. The unholy affair between the minor and the first suspect started on Saturday, October 20, 2018, with the suspect having constant sexual intercourse with the victim. The second suspect, being the son of the first suspect, started having unlawful carnal knowledge of the same minor on Thursday, January 10, 2019. The suspects had constantly threatened to kill the victim if she ever told anyone about the affairs.

“The victim exposed them when her mother noticed some changes in her and discovered that she was pregnant. The victim was taken to the Mirabel Centre by our Gender Unit for medical examination. The two suspects were arrested and charged to Magistrates’ Court 2, Ogba, for molestation. The case was adjourned till Monday, May 13, 2019, while the suspects were remanded in the Kirikiri Prison.”

Similarly, one Alfred Marainerume, 45, has been arrested by the command for allegedly molesting a 14-year-old girl around Oke Itunu Church Close in the Ejigbo area of the state.

Elkana said whenever the victim was coming back from school, Alfred usually lured her into his shop to have sex with her, adding that the victim’s grandmother, after perceiving some unusual odour on the victim’s body, subjected her to questioning that made her to reveal how the suspect had been having carnal knowledge of her inside his shop.

The PPRO stated that Alfred usually gave the victim some drugs after sex to prevent her from getting pregnant, adding that in his statement to the police, the suspect revealed that he turned the victim into his sex partner after he divorced from his wife in May 2018.

He said, “The matter was reported to our Gender Unit by the mother of the victim. The complainant stated that they live on the same street with the suspect and that the suspect usually called the victim into his shop while on her way back from school along Iyana Ejigbo Road, Lagos, were he sells Nigerian home videos, and have unlawful sexual intercourse with her in the shop.

“The crime began in May 2018 up to Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The suspect, in his statement to the police, said that he turned the victim into his sex partner after he divorced his wife in May 2018. The matter was discovered on Saturday, March 27, 2019, around 2pm, by the victim’s grandmother, who perceived some odour on the body of the victim, when she returned home, and subjected her to questioning.

“The victim opened up to her grandmother and narrated the whole story. She further stated that the suspect threatened that she would die if she ever disclosed it to her parents and that he usually gave her some drugs to take and equally mixed salt and water for her to take after sex to prevent her from getting pregnant. Investigation is ongoing and the suspect will be charged to court for molestation.”

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