A 42-year-old man, Babatunde Afolayan, was on Monday arrested by men of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly defiling his daughter for three years.
Our correspondent gathered that the man, a resident of the Ikorodu area of Lagos, has been defiling the girl since she was 10 years old.
PUNCH Metro learnt that trouble started for the man when his daughter’s teachers noticed her strange behaviours and reported to the principal who in turn handed her over to the school’s Imam for counselling.
It was during one of the sessions with the Imam that the 13-year-old girl opened up that her father had been defiling her for three years.
A source in the school who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the matter said, “It happened that the girl just started misbehaving in school that no teacher knew what to do. So, the matter was reported to the school principal who then decided that she should go for counselling with the school’s Imam.
“It was during the counselling that the girl confessed to the Imam that her father has been having sexual intercourse with her since she was 10 years old!
“She also said the last time the father slept with her was on October 2, 2023. As if that was not enough, she said her father kept encouraging her to have a boyfriend.”
The school principal was said to have reported the matter at a nearby police station, leading to the man’s arrest while the girl was taken to a hospital for examination and treatment.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident.
“The suspect is in custody and the girl has been taken for medical examinations. Investigations are also ongoing,” he said.
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