A 40-year-old man, Gbenga Taiwo, has landed in the custody of the police in Lagos for allegedly defiling his 15-year-old daughter in Baruwa, Ipaja area of Lagos State.
Taiwo, a widower, was said to have allegedly molested his daughter for the first time sometime in 2018, when she was 13 years old.
It was learnt that the father had been constantly molesting the girl by dipping his fingers into her private parts in their rented apartment at Baruwa.
The 15-year-old girl was said to have reported his father to their landlord who warned Taiwo to desist from the act to no avail.
The girl was also said to have reported the case to her uncle but while the said uncle was trying to handle the matter discreetly a neighbour got wind of it and escalated it.
Taiwo was arrested by officers at the Ipaja Police Station last Saturday, Saturday Punch reported.
However, while defending himself, Taiwo allegedly said he dipped his finger inside his daughter’s vagina to test her virginity.
The Coordinator of a child rights group following up on the case, Advocates for Children and Vulnerable Persons Network, Mr Ebenezer Omejalile, said “The girl said she had been constantly abused by her father since she was 13. He is about 40 years old and a retired electricity worker.
“Before the intervention of the girl’s maternal uncle, one Mr Alagba, the girl got tired of the wickedness of her father and informed their landlord who confronted the father to stop the evil act and he let him know the consequence of his action.
“But the survivors turned a deaf ear to it and kept doing it to the extent that whenever he was on night duty, he went to the office with the girl to keep having her to his satisfaction.
“The man claimed that he saw some pictures in her daughter’s phone and suspected that she was wayward. He said he did not have sex with her but only used his finger to check if she is a virgin or not.”