The Police in Lagos have arrested a 35-year-old man, identified as Michael Igbaniba in the Agege area of the state sleeping with daughter for almost two years.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Chike Oti, a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP confirmed the arrest, adding that suspect was
arrested after his teenage daughter, who could no longer bear the sexual abuse, reported the matter to the police on Sunday., Press reports.
The unnamed victim told the police that her father had her when he was 20 years old and out of wedlock.
“He went to pick me from my mother after getting married to another woman without any child.“My father started sleeping with me immediately I moved into the house, initially, he said he would stop paying my school fees if I refused to sleep with him or if I told anyone.“I reluctantly allowed him because of my love for education until I could not bear it anymore and also because I was ashamed to reveal it to anybody because he is my father.”
The Police stated that during investigations, it was discovered that the 15-year-old was pregnant, but the pregnancy was aborted with the assistance of her father.
According to the police:
“She reported the issue of the abortion to her church Pastor but was stopped from going to church by her father.”
During interrogation, the suspect admitted to have been sleeping with his daughter.
“I did it because I wanted more children. I was advised by friends to bring her to live with me and my wife, because of our inability to have a child since we got married.“By the time she came to live with us, my wife did not get pregnant.“The same friends advised I slept with my daughter that my wife would get pregnant in the process.”
The PPRO added that suspect was being interrogated at the Family Unit of Isokoko Division.
“The Commissioner of Police has ordered a thorough investigation into the matter.“The suspect would be prosecuted if found culpable at the end of investigation, the teenager has been taken into protective custody.”