An Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court, Lagos, remanded a 55-year-old man, Eze Chukwuma, in prisons for allegedly defiling two of his daughters.
Chukwuma was arraigned for allegedly defiling his two daughters aged 16 and 17 (names withheld) for almost 9 years (from 2008 till 2017). The defendant was docked on a two-count charge of defilement contrary to Section 137 of the Criminal Law, CH. C17. Vol 3 Laws of Lagos of State, 2015.
The Lagos State prosecutor, A. A. George told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offences between the years of 2008 to 2017 at No 2. Agbeke Close, Iyana Close, Iyana-Era, Coker Bus-stop, Ijanikin, Lagos. However, according to a police statement by one of the daughters, a 16-year-old victim, the defendant began having sexual intercourse with his daughters after his wife died in February 2008.
The 16-year-old girl, an SS2 student, said that her father takes turns with her sisters every night and was the person who disvirgined her in 2008. In her written complaint at Ojo Police Station against her father, the girl said that one of her elder sisters (name withheld) ran away from their house after she could no longer endure her father incessant sexual harassment.
“The whole thing started when my mother died in February 2008. My father came and brought us (me and my younger sister) back from the village in Ebonyi State to Lagos. My father started harassing my elder sister (name withheld) sexually.
“But two of my elder sisters were already staying with him then. When we got to the house, we couldn’t find one of my sisters. “So I asked my eldest sister, Adaeze (Psuedo name) and she said that Ngozi (pseudo name) ran away from the house when she could no longer bear the sexual harassment from daddy.
“She said that daddy was sleeping with her and she ran away because it became too much. “My eldest sister stayed and endured everything because she would soon finish secondary. My eldest sister later gained admission into the University and since then had not come home either has she spoken with my father.
After she left, we packed to Iyana-Era, and by that time, I was now left at home with two of other sisters.
”At night, my father will ask us to separate ourselves so that he can sleep with one person before going to the other person. Sometimes, he would even threaten to stab us if we refuse to allow him to have his way.
”So out of fear, I allowed him and he disvirgined me. He slept with me only once. When I tried to confront him, after he finished, that what he is doing to us was not good, he told me to shut up. “He told me that all sin is sin; that there is no sin which is bigger or smaller in the eyes of God. Our youngest sister, who is twelve years old, sleeps in the same room with my father, but I don’t know if he is doing the same thing to her,” she stated.
Justice Abiola Soladoye, however, ordered that the defendant be remanded in Kirikiri Medium Prisons and adjourned the case till October 28 for trial.