The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a 47-year-old trader, Uchena Elumadu, for allegedly raping his 15-year-old daughter in the Agege area of the state.
SUNDAY PUNCH learnt that each time the Imo State indigene slept with the victim, he would drug her to prevent her from being pregnant.
He was, however, caught by his wife, who raised the alarm which drew the attention of neighbours and residents of Martins Street, New Oko Oba, Agege, where the incident happened.
The suspect, upon his arrest, allegedly admitted to sleeping with his daughter three times.
A police source said immediately the incest was discovered by the girl’s mother on Monday, September 19, the suspect fled the house.
He said, “The man has three children, two girls and one boy. The victim is the first child and she is in JSS 3. He had been sleeping with her for a long time. He started sleeping with her in 2015.
“It was easy for him because his wife is a casual worker at the airport and she is most times on night duty and does not sleep at home. What he does is to sneak into the room at midnight while the other children are asleep. He will wake the girl up, rape her and give her drugs to prevent pregnancy.
“But on September 19, his wife was around. He woke up and went to the room to wake up the girl, not knowing that his wife was awake and observing everything.
“The woman caught him in the act and shouted. She reported the case directly to the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni.”
The source said the matter was immediately referred to the Gender Unit of the Lagos State Police Command headquarters, Ikeja, where a manhunt was launched for the suspect.
The source, who stated that Elumadu was arrested at his house on Friday after the police got a tip-off that he was around, added that the suspect thought that the case had died down.
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed the incident, said the victim had been admitted to Police College Hospital, Ikeja.
She said, “Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect had on different occasions raped the daughter, after which he administered drugs to her to prevent her from getting pregnant.
“The 15-year-old girl told the police that the father on countless occasions woke her up in the middle of the night to rape her mostly when the mother was on night duty.
“The mother caught the suspect having intercourse with the victim. The father admitted to raping her on three occasions, blaming the act on the devil. The victim is currently admitted to Police College Hospital, where she is receiving treatment. This is in partnership with Mirabel Centre and the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, where medical examination will be carried out on her.”
Badmos, a Superintendent of Police, said the CP had ordered that the suspect be charged to court at the end of investigations.
She added that the command had no tolerance for sexual abuse and domestic violence.