The Ondo State Police Command has arrested a 38-year-old man, Sunday Udoh for Impregnating his 15-year-old daughter.
The incident occurred in Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo Local Government Area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Funmilayo Odunlami, in a statement made available to Journalists on Friday, explained that Udoh was arrested while attempting to procure abortion for his daughter at a health care centre in Ile-Oluji.
She said: “On 26th of April, 2022, Policemen attached to Ile-Oluji Division received a complaint of an attempt to procure abortion by one Sunday Udoh ‘m’, Aged 38, at a health care centre in Ile-Oluji.
“During investigation, it was revealed that the suspect was attempting to procure abortion for her daughter (Name withheld) of about 15 years old whom he has been been having sexual intercourse with.
“The case is currently being handled by the Gender Office of the State Criminal Investigation Department in Akure”.
She added that the suspect will be charged to court upon completion of investigation.
This comes two weeks after the command arrested a 28-year-old printer, Tolulope Akinyemi, for unlawfully and indecently assaulting his 17-year-old sister (names withheld), at his backyard.
Tolulope had been allegedly having sexual intercourse with the victim, who happens to be his step-sister, while he had impregnated her twice and aborted for her.
The police took the suspect to the court on a two-count charge of rape and manner likely to cause the breach of peace for forcefully having carnal knowledge of his blood sister.
According to the police prosecutor, Benard Olagbayi, the defendant committed the offence on April 18, 2022, at about 10:00 pm at road 4, Valentino quarters, Ondo, in Ondo West Local Government Area of the state.
The charge read in part, ”That you, Tolulope Akinyemi on April 18, 2022, at about 10:00 pm at road 4, Valentino quarters, Ondo, Magisterial District did willingly, unlawfully and indecently have carnal knowledge of your 17-year-old blood sister (name withheld) at your backyard and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 358 of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Volume 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
”That you, Tolulope Akinyemi on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned Magisterial District did willingly, and unlawfully conduct yourself in a manner likely to cause the breach of peace by forcefully having carnal knowledge of your 17-year-old sister (name withheld), and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 249(d) of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Volume 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
The plea of the defendant was not taken.
Olagbayi prayed the court to remand the defendant in Shegede prison, pending advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), in the state Ministry of Justice.
Lawyer for the defendant, Anthony Olagundoye did not oppose the prosecutor’s application to remand his client.
The presiding magistrate, Charity Adeyanju, directed that the case file should be transferred to the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) for advice, and adjourned the case till June 14, 2022.
On her part, the victim said her step- brother had been molesting her and threatened to kill her, should she report to anybody.
She said, “One day, when my brother was having sex with me again, his son, Samuel, saw us and went to report to his mother. My brother’s wife reported the case to the family and they later settled the matter. Thereafter, my brother took me to one doctor to abort two months pregnancy for me.
“We all live in my father’s house. But we are from different mothers. I told the family of my intention to leave the house for my brother, so I can stay in another place. But my brother kicked against it.
My father is still alive, but he is ill. And I am the one taking care of him, since our mothers are dead. My brother is married with four children.
“My brother cursed his son that saw us together and the boy died the following day. The incident scared me the more. So, I kept the illicit affair to myself. It was because his son died that made his wife, my sister-in-law, leave him and ran away with the other children.
“When I got pregnant again, I had to tell some people about my predicament. So, they directed me to the police station where I reported the case and my brother was arrested and charged to court”, she added.