A man identified as Olawale Ibitoye has been accused by his 14-year-old daughter of raping and forcing her into marriage.
The incident occurred at 9, Olulu Close, Ketu, Epe, Lagos. According to The nation, the victim made the allegation at a traditional birth center she was taken to during labor.
It was gathered that Ibitoye also forced the girl to marry one Moses Okurukpe, who impregnated her. Another father, Ashiru Amusan, who was arrested for defiling his 12-year-old daughter at Akowonjo area of the state, also blamed the devil.
The suspect, who admitted to raping the girl once, said he did not know what came over him. But Ibitoye denied defiling his daughter, claiming the girl was in the habit of fleeing from home.
He denied forcing her into marriage, insisting the teenager was the one who brought the man and introduced him as her husband. He said: “I did not sleep with my daughter. She is learning a trade because she ran away from school.
Then, she came with a man saying she wants to marry him in the person of Moses Okurukpe, who was also ready to marry her.
I told the man that she has not finished learning her trade and he said I should not worry he will continue the payment which is N5,000. She came home with a six-month-old pregnancy and claimed her husband impregnated her.
I went to her husband and we both went to our town to see Olisa, the second king. The husband already took her to one mola and she admitted that the mola slept with her, which the mola did not deny the fact too. Her baby died after delivery.”
On his part, Okurukpe said: “I was not aware of her age. She looked bigger than her age so I did not bother asking of her age.”
Parading the suspects on Tuesday, the state Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, said the 14-year-old girl suffered double jeopardy in the hands of her father, who not only defiled her but forced her into marriage.