A draughtsman, Mr. Idowu Sanni, 48, has been arrested in Ibadan for sleeping with his daughter (name withheld).
Mr. Sanni who lives at Ifedapo Amuloko area of Ibadan, was on Wednesday, November 27, remanded in Agodi prisons, Ibadan, after he was arraigned at Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court 2, Ibadan, for defiling the teenager.
The victim, whose mother has separated with her father, was the only child from his mother for his father. She disclosed to law enforcement agents that her father started the unholy act with her five years ago, when she was just 10 years old.
According to her “He started having sex with me when I was 10 years old. I told my father’s senior wife and she reported at Iyaganku police station. He was asked to sign an undertaking that he would not do such again.
“Shortly after, he started again. Anytime I was preparing to go to where I was under apprenticeship as a hairdresser, he would ask me to go and bring something for him from the sitting room. He would grab me from behind, cover my mouth with his palm and push me down. He would then have sex with me.
“When I started menstruating, he would not come to me during my periods. He used to know whenever I was observing my period because I would not be able to join others to pray. Once my periods ended, he would start coming again. My step-mother is sick and was always in her room, so she didn’t know what was going on.
“If I told him that I would tell my stepmother, he would ask me not to do so, threatening that he would disown me and cut off my head. I told a man living beside our house and he asked me to go back to my father to ask if he was my real father. However, I could not ask because I found that too heavy for my mouth at my age.
“Recently, I went to my colleague’s house to collect my boss’s money from her. When I came back, my father said I went to a man. The following morning, he came to where I slept and started beating me. He said I should not return to his house until I have brought a suitor. Since I had none, I told a neighbour and he took me to a lady so that I could stay with her. I had slept in the lady’s room for two days when the neighbour came and asked me to leave, saying my father had brought policemen to arrest him.
“I returned home and my boss asked me why I left home. I told another woman who used to visit my boss and she informed another person. That was how Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN) was informed and they came to take me away from him.”
In his statement, the girl’s father confessed to have had sex with his daughter but denied that he started five years ago. Saying that he began to sleep with her this year, the father of five blamed the devil for his action.
Narrating how the sexual relationship between him and his daughter happened, he said: “In March 2013, my daughter came to my room to ask for her feeding allowance. I hugged her, pushed on the bed and had sex with her. I did it the second time in April. Whenever I was having sex with her, my wife would not know because she was staying in another room. The girl didn’t use to cry or shout and I didn’t meet her as a virgin.
“On October 23, I had sex with her again. On October 26, the chairman of my neighbourhood’s landlord association called me that FOMWAN came to pick my daughter and asked me to see them in their office. I went there and was taken to Iyaganku police station.”
However, the victim dismissed her father’s claim of not being the one who deflowered her, saying she had never had any sexual relationship with any man except her father.
The case has been adjourned to December 9