Akanji Oluwaseyi, a 45-year-old man, has been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police command for forcefully having a carnal knowledge of his 13-year-old daughter (name withheld).
Abimbola Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent Police, and Police Public Relations Officer of the command disclosed this in a statement.
Oyeyemi said the arrest was made after the victim reported the case at a divisional headquarters in the state.
“The arrest of the suspect followed a complaint from the victim who reported at Obantoko divisional headquarters on the 30th of December 2020 that her father came to the shop where she is a tailoring apprentice and begged her mistress to permit her to come and fetch water for him at home,” the statement said.
“She stated further that she left the shop and fetched water as requested by her father. But surprisingly, her father suddenly grabbed her and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.”
CSP Sunday Opebiyi, the Divisional Police Officer reportedly sent his men to the man’s house where he was arrested.
Oyeyemi explained that the man initially denied the allegation but when he was confronted by the victim, “he became dumbfounded.”
He said the victim has been taken to a hospital for medical attention.
Edward Ajogun, the state Commissioner of Police, has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to anti-human trafficking and child labour unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.
47 suspected rapists arrested in Ogun in 6 months
Meanwhile, the state Police command said they arrested 47 rape suspects in the state between July and December, 2020.
Edward Ajogun, the Commissioner of Police disclosed this in a press briefing on the eve of the New Year at the state headquarters Eleweran, Abeokuta.
A breakdown data obtained by HumAngle show that the command recorded the highest number of arrests of rape suspects in October when it arrested 13 suspects. Six were arrested in July, eight arrests were recorded in each of August, September, and December, while four persons were arrested in November for rape.
According to section 358 of the Nigerian Criminal Act, “any person who commits the offence of rape is liable to imprisonment for life, with or without caning” while section 359 stipulates 14 years of imprisonment as punishment for attempt to commit rape.
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