that a 37-year-old mechanic, Thompson, sexually abused his daughter till she
lost her voice, the victim’s mother has raised the alarm that the authorities
had released the man without prosecution.
Saturday Punch that she and her children had been living in fear of what
Thompson might do to them for causing his woes.
Saturday Punch reported the bizzare case in October when Funmi alleged that her
husband had on many occasions raped their four-year-old daughter, Rebecca, in
their home in Igando area of Lagos.
sexual intercourse with the little girl on several occasions, she had caught
her husband inserting his finger into the private part of the girl more than
once, all of which had traumatised Rebecca to the point where she could no
her children were allegedly threatened by her husband, forcing her to move out
of his house.
I thought he would face the law. I thought he would be prosecuted for the
abominations he had committed.
anytime I walk on the street. I always tell my children to be careful too. Who
knows what he is planning against us?
children now. After he was released, he went to the school of my children and
attempted to take them from there, but the teacher did not release them to him.
I did not even know he was released until they told me he visited the school.”
regaining her voice.
separated husband was diabolical, had explained that the sexual abuse of their
daughter started when the girl was two years old.
when I suddenly woke up one night and saw my husband removing the panties of my
daughter. It was in the midnight. I wanted to shout but I wanted to see what he
was up to. So, I acted like I didn’t see him because the room was relatively
he looked around and when he felt convinced that everyone was deep asleep, he
stood up and moved to where the girl was and dipped his hand in her private
part. I screamed.”
State Office of the Public Defender, where a lawyer was assigned to handle the
released. Nobody told me anything,” Funmi said.
efforts to get an explanation from the lawyer assigned to her case has been
Rights Foundation, Esther Ogwu, who reported the case to the OPD, explained
that the case might have been destroyed by the police when it was transferred
to the Department of Criminal Investigation in the state.
confidence that the problem could not have come from the OPD because they don’t
waste time in handling terrible cases like this.
released him without prosecution. They even called the woman a liar for
reporting that her husband raped his own daughter when she was invited to come
and give her statement.
longer safe now. She told us that she now runs from one place to another in
fear of her husband. I feel sad when things like these happen in our country
and the culprits go scot-free.”
When Punch correspondent contacted
the spokesperson for the OPD, Mr. Adeoba Adeniji-Adele, he said he would need
to make findings about the status of the case before giving the agency’s
official comment on the case.
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