A man, identified as Ike Iwuanyanwu has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly raping and impregnating his 15-year-old daughter at Ajao Estate, Lagos State.
Reports noted that Iwuanyanwu was arrested on Wednesday after the matter was reported by the school to the Ajao Estate Police Division.
A neighbour who spoke with newsmen said: “The man is a driver and the girl is his first child. None of us knew anything about the incident until he was arrested. The only thing we saw was that the man beat up his wife and daughter late in the night on Tuesday.
”The girl was pregnant and the father tried to hide it. It was her school that informed the Lagos State Government. The girl confessed that it was her father who raped and impregnated her. The Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development alerted the police and the man was arrested.
“The suspect did not deny that he impregnated the girl. He knew the government was involved and he had no hiding place. We learnt he told the police that his wife did not allow him to have s3x with her and he yielded to the temptation of raping his daughter.
“The girl’s mother told her family members, who then went to her school. They did not know the school authorities would get the ministry involved. The matter was also reported to some child rights workers in the Oshodi area.”
A popular daily learnt that Priscilla’s mother who allegedly took the 15-year-old to a place where the pregnancy was aborted was also arrested.
The Coordinator, Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, Lagos State, Lola Vivour-Adeniyi, said the victim was safe in government’s custody. ”She is now at an orphanage provided by the state government. We have also called for the duplicate case file.
”The girl’s mother was arrested for allegedly aborting the pregnancy. The police may grant her bail on the grounds that she has a four-year-old boy,” she added.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident, adding that investigation was ongoing while the schoolgirl is with the government officials.