The Police in Lagos, have arrested Gbenga Taiwo, a 40-year-old father and widower for allegedly raping his 15-year old daughter.
Taiwo, who lives in a rented apartment at Baruwa, Ipaja area of Lagos, is reported to have constantly been molesting his daughter since she was 13.
City Round reports that the girl reported her father to their landlord and later to her uncle.
The matter was reported at the Ipaja Police Station and Taiwo was arrested last Saturday.
The Coordinator of Advocates for Children and Vulnerable Persons Network, Mr Ebenezer Omejalile, told City Round that Taiwo claimed to have suspected Folake of going out with men and decided to conduct “a virginity test” on her with his finger.
“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 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,” Omejalile said.
However, Taiwo’s relations claimed that he had mental illness in 2018 and was admitted at Ise Oluwa Hospital in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
A report signed by the hospital’s Medical Director, Dr Kayode Ojomo indicated that Taiwo was admitted at the facility on October 1, 2018 “for complaints suggestive of a mild depressive episode.”
“He is currently on admission and will be discharged soon as he has made remarkable improvement,” the report reads.
“He has been exhibiting strange behaviour inside the cell. At times, he would just remove his clothes,” a source said.
The Spokesperson of Lagos State Police Command, SP Bala Elkana confirmed Taiwo’s arrest.
“Investigation has commenced on the case and tests will be carried out on to determine the suspect’s mental health,” he said.