By Abisola Oluremi
A 15-year-old girl has been sexually assaulted by her sixty-five-year-old stepfather and his sixty-year-old younger brother at Olude, Apata area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital
The incident took several days before the investigation was completed and the case was eventually reported to the police.
The teenager (name withheld) was gathered to have earlier been severally abused by her biological father since when she was two years.
The victim, a JS 1 student of a government-owned secondary school in Ido Local Government Area of Oyo State was fearful on hearing that the secret had gotten to Radio Nigeria.
After being calmed, she explained that her ordeal started at the age of two when her biological father started sleeping with her after her mother Abiodun Kareem moved out of her matrimonial home leaving her with her father and this continued till she attained the age of eight.
The victim said it was easy for her father to carry out the act because there was no one else living with the duo of daughter and father.
Explaining how the cat was let out of the bag, the young girl said her maternal grandmother paid her an unscheduled visit and she told her about her ordeal of six years.
The case was then reported at Isabo Police Station in Abeokuta, Ogun State, and the father was arrested and kept in the custody for four years awaiting trial but unfortunately, he died in prison.
Narrating her present predicament, she said the 65-year old step-father Mr Waheed Kareem continued from where her father stopped and always had sex with her weekly while his younger brother, Rasheed Kareem popularly called Onaala daily had sex with her asking.
Explaining why she did not inform her mother, the victim said the old man threatened to kill her and her mother, hence she had to conceal the secret since the year 2021.
Did her mum ever suspect? The teenager said a neighbour noticed that she was having her menstrual flow for sixteen days every month as against the normal 3 to 5 days.
She explained that her mother took her to a private hospital and it was diagnosed that her womb was infected.
Confirming the allegation to Radio Nigeria, the 35-year-old mother of the victim, Abiodun Kareem said she accosted her husband but had to keep mute as she had no financial means to take care of the three children ages 6, 4, and 2 to bore for the man.
Reacting, the suspect, an indigene of Abeokuta, Waheed Kareem pleaded guilty but blamed the act on the devil as he did not know what came over him.
Radio Nigeria after the investigation reported the case at Apata Police Post and the Oyo State Ministry of Women Affairs for necessary action.
As at the time of filing this report, the case had been transferred to the State Criminal and Investigation Department for further investigation, the suspect was detained while the step- father’s younger brother Rasheed Karim who was also involved in the allegation was still at large.
Meanwhile, the Director of Child Welfare, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Mr Oluwagbemileke Ojerinde said the victim would be rehabilitated while her mother would be supported in raising the other three children.
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