……. I did it because I wanted more children – suspect
……. I reluctantly allowed him because of my love for education – victim
A 35 Year old Nigerian man by name Michael Igbaniba who was arrested days ago for sexually abusing his teenage daughter for two years over school fees, blamed it on his inability to have children with his wife.
The suspect who had the child when he was 20 years old out of wedlock, was arrested after his 15-year-old Junior Secondary School 2 daughter, reported the matter at the Isokoko Police Division, in Agege area of Lagos, after unbearable years of sexual assault on her by her father.
They had just settled in her new home situated at Abule-Egba area of Lagos, when her father started sleeping with her.
According to the girl:
“Initially, he said he would stop paying my school fees if I refused to sleep with him or if I told anyone. I reluctantly allowed him because of my love for education until I could not bear it anymore and also because I was ashamed to reveal it to anybody because he is my father” she said.
However during questioning, it was revealed that the suspect confessed to have been sleeping with his daughter.
He said “I did it because I wanted more children. I was advised by friends to bring her to live with me and my wife, because of our inability to have a child since we got married. By the time she came to live with us, my wife did not get pregnant. The same friends advised I slept with my daughter that my wife would get pregnant in the process”.
When contacted, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Chike Oti confirmed the arrest. He said the suspect was being interrogated at the Family Unit of Isokoko Division.
According to Oti, “The Commissioner of Police has ordered a detailed investigation into the matter. He said that the suspect would be prosecuted if found guilty at the end of investigation”.
As at time of writing this report the teenager had been taken into protective custody.