The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a man, Ike Iwuanyanwu, for raping and impregnating his own 15-year-old daughter, Priscilla (pseudonym) at Ajao Estate, in the Isolo area of the state.
It was gathered that Iwuanyanwu, who was a company driver living on Anuoluwapo Street in the estate, was arrested on Wednesday after the matter was reported at the Ajao Estate Police Division.
Mr Iwuanyanwu had also allegedly beaten his daughter and wife, warning them not to disclose the messy incident to anyone.
It was learnt that the victim had been taken into custody by the Lagos State Government.
According to Punch, Priscilla’s mother, however, informed her family members on Wednesday, who went to the girl’s school to confirm the story from her.
The case was reported to the state Ministry of Youth and Social Development, which informed the police.
A neighbour of the Iwuanyanwus, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the victim was the first child of the family, adding that the father had allegedly confessed to the crime.
“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 Lagos Government. The girl confessed that it was her father who r*ped 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 s*x with her and he yielded to the temptation of r*ping 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.”
Priscilla’s mother allegedly took the 15-year-old to a place where the pregnancy was aborted.
The pregnancy was said to have been aborted before she was rescued and taken into custody by officials.
The police arrested Priscilla’s mother on Thursday for involvement in the alleged abortion.
The Coordinator, Domestic and S*xual Violence Response Team, Lagos State, Lola Vivour-Adeniyi, said the victim was safe in government’s custody.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the sad incident, adding that investigation was ongoing.