A yet-to-be identified middle-aged man has been arrested by men of the Lagos State Police Command after his 9-year-old daughter accused him of constantly raping her.
The matter was revealed on Friday by a humanitarian worker, Oluwafunminibi Ojewale who shared a video online in which the little girl, Esther, alleged her father had consistently raped to the point that she began to experience pains in her stomach as a result of the unlawful sexual activity.
In the video, Esther who recounted how he would ask her to remove her clothes and then insert his penis into her said her suffering came to an end after she told someone in school about it.
A statement from the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team DSVRT says the father has been arrested while the victim has been taken into protective custody.
”On the 6th of April, 2011 at around 11:45pm, we received a distress call on our hotline-08000333333 from a mandated reporter who informed us that a 9 year older child had just disclosed that her father habitually had sexual intercourse with her. According to her, she had started to experience pains in her stomach as a result of the unlawful sexual activity.
“The mandated reporter informed us that the residents immediately effected citizens arrest of the father and wanted to hand the suspect over to the police station. They however needed guidance on how to handle the case.
“The case was immediately escalated to the police station and the suspect was arrested by the police.
“In view of the peculiarity of the case, coupled with the fact that the location of the child’s mother was unknown, the Child Protection Unit of the Ministry of Youth and Social Development was alerted and the child has now been taking into protective custody. The child has been referred for medical and psycho social support.
“The suspect would be charged to court once the courts are in session.
“We use this medium to express our profound gratitude to the Mandated Reporter and indeed members of the community for ensuring safety of the child. They SAW something, they SAID something and they DID something,” the statement added in part.