THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – According to a recent report, Mr Emmanuel Idoko, a 35-year old father was arraigned before a Magistrate Court in Ogudu, Lagos, on Friday, November 24, 2017, on the charge of defiling his 12-year old daughter.
Sgt. Lucky Ihehie, the prosecutor, said Idoko forcefully slept with his daughter in his home at 35, Akinwonsola St., Oworonshoki, Kosofe area of Lagos.
Idoko is charged with three counts of offence bordering on defilement of minor which is contrary to Sections 137, 160 and 170 of Criminal Code Law 2015.
Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, the coordinator of Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), in support of the count of charges on Idoko, said the defilement had started since July, 2017.
She said the mother of the minor divorced Idoko three years ago but the accused did not allow the woman to go with their children.
Mrs Titilayo said:
‘The alleged defilement started precisely in July 2017 in their single room apartment where the 12-year old girl was allegedly assaulted sexually by her biological father.
According to reports, the mother of the survivor (name withheld) divorced her father over three years ago but Idoko did not allow the mother to go with her children.
The father, the survivor and his other nine-year-old daughter live together in his single room apartment.
The survivor recalled that the first incidence happened in July when her father forcefully undressed her at about 11:00 p.m. Though she resisted, her own father raped her.’
However, she said:
‘Since then, her father’s gruesome act has been consistent weekly and precisely on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
This caused serious emotional trauma for the young girl who is in primary five. She kept this to herself until she finally opened up to a mandated reporter.
It was the mandated reporter who reported the case to the police, took her to Mirabel Centre, a sexual assault referral centre in Lagos, which examined and confirmed forceful penetrations on her.
At the sexual assault referral centre, she was administered drugs and lodged in a private children centre in the area.
The matter was reported to DSVRT on November 21 by Ketu Police Station Family Unit after presenting hospital reports, then the father was arrested’
Idoko has pleaded not guilty.
Mrs. Sule Amzat, the presiding Magistrate of the court granted Idoko a bail of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum, the case was adjourned until December 12, 2017 for continuation trial.
Section 137 stipulates 14 years imprisonment for the offender.
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