Photos: Father Accused Of Raping And Forcing His Teenage Daughter Into Marriage In Lagos

A Nigerian elderly man Olawale Ibitoye accused of raping and forcing his 14-year-old daughter (names withheld) into marriage at 9, Olulu Close, Ketu, Epe, a Lagos suburb has been arrested and paraded by the Lagos state police command.

According to report, the teenage girl made the allegation at a traditional birth centre where she was taken to during her labour after forcing her to marry one Moses Okurukpe, who impregnated her.

Ibitoye denied defiling his daughter, with claims that she was in the habit of fleeing from home, also denied forcing her into marriage, while insisting that she was the one that brought the man home and introduced him as her husband. In his words, 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 want to marry him in 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.

“She was in labour and because she could not deliver we took her to a private hospital in Ijebu Ode where they did the necessary things and she delivered a baby. We were asked to pay N115,000. We did not have money so we left her there to look for money.

We raised N55,000 but the hospital said we must complete the money and we left her there to go and look for more money. It was there she said I slept with her. The baby died at the hospital.”

While the man accused of marrying the teenager, Okurukpe in his own defence said:

“I was not aware of her age. She looked bigger than her age so I did not bother asking of her age. She came to my house twice. I did not marry her rightfully. I made it known to her that if one is pregnant in my town another man should not sleep with her.

The Lagos state Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, who paraded the men stated that the cases showed the moral decadence in our society, while adding that the 14-year-old girl suffered double jeopardy in the hands of her father, who not only defiled her but also forced her into child marriage.

While disclosing that the victim opened up at the birth centre after she experienced difficulty in delivering the child, the Lagos state police boss said;

“The cat was let out of the bag when the survivor became pregnant and was in labour for many days without being able to deliver the baby. She was then taken to a trado-medical home, where she confessed that her father had been having sex with her before he forced her into marriage with Okurukpe to cover his tracks.

“This is child marriage; this is sexual abuse and exploitation of the highest order. Both the father and the forced husband would be charged to court. This goes to show the erosion of values in our society.” He added.

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