12-year-old girl, whose parents shared the same compound with a dry
cleaner and his wife in Shasha area of Akowonjo, Lagos, allegedly
endured consistent sexual harassment in the hands of the man she called
indigene, who allegedly insisted on sleeping with the girl, until the
harassment became unbearable for her.
bottom, and I would slap his hand away. He would call me ‘my wife, my
wife’ and I told him I would tell his wife. He always did that when my
mother or his wife was not around,” Jennifer told Saturday PUNCH.
actions like smacking her bottom and pinching her body parts, Paul took
his harassment further one day when she was dressing up in the room.
watching me as I was dressing up for church. He opened the net on the
door. His wife was around. So that she would think he was just playing
with me, he called out to his wife and told her ‘Come and see this small
girl wearing bra o’. I was angry.
advised that I should stop wearing bra at a young age. His wife did not
know what was going on. I drew the curtain to dress up again and I saw
him still peeping. I then shouted ‘Leave that place’ so that his wife
bath in one of the two bathrooms we share in the compound. I noticed him
passing frequently, he was trying to pull the curtain on the bathroom
when I shouted at him to leave the place. He left without saying
Jennifer, a year one secondary school pupil, started holiday and was at
home with her 10-year-old sister.
when he just came in and started saying, ‘Do you know I love you? He was
trying to hold me and I told him I would shout. I told him to go and
love his wife and children.
said ‘God forbid.’ He suddenly grabbed me and put his finger inside my
pant and I ran out of the room. When he heard my sister’s footstep, he
walked away to his room.
mother and she said anytime he attempted to touch me again, I should
shout and run outside and tell anybody around the house what he did so
that I would have a witness.”
be caught red-handed so, she did not confront him when her daughter
reported the consistent harassment she had been suffering in the hands
of their neighbour.
Jennifer said she was playing with her siblings in the compound when
Onobluduakpo again smacked her bottom.
followed me and I slammed the door again against him before he could
enter. He was angry,” she said.
that she reported the case to the Esther Child Rights Foundation
immediately she heard of Paul’s latest action.
Onobluduakpo gave her N100 just so she would not reject him when he
intended to perpetrate his evil intention. I restrained myself from
confronting him because I did not want him to run away. The most
annoying part was that my daughter said the man also once touched the
breast of her 10-year-old sister.
the Shasha Police Division where officials of the children’s unit
explained that the man had now been charged to court.
arraigned on Thursday at an Ogba Magistrate’s Court on charges of
attempted defilement and sexual abuse.
charge was read to him. He was later granted bail in the sum of N300,000
with two sureties in like sum.
Rights Foundation, Mrs. Esther Ogwu, appreciated the police for taking
the decision to prosecute Onobluduakpo immediately.
sustain the prosecution by seeing it to the end in order to serve as a
deterrent to other men who may seek to molest young girls.