After being arrested for two days, a policeman in Ogun State suspected of raping his wife apprentice who is a 13 year old girl has been released.
It was also learnt that Abbey Adewunmi, a police officer was arrested by the Ifo Police Division on Thursday April 4,2019 after avoiding arrest for weeks.
He raped the 13 year old girl name Tolu (her real name concealed) sometimes in February 2019 and threatened that he will kill her if she disclosed the information to anybody.
The policeman meant his waterloo when the girl decided to be courageous and reported the issue to her mother named Boye.
The woman told the press that Tolu was living with her around Cement area of Lagos after she got separated from her husband.
Boye explained that the girl was in Junior Secondary School Two last year when her father insisted that she should relocate to Ifo, Ogun State, to live with him.
In the words of the mother
“She was not comfortable at her father’s house and came back to me. I then took her to my aunt’s place in Orile.
“Her father insisted that I must bring her back, which I did. She was in JSS 2 before she left for her father’s house. He said he did not have money to enrol her in a school. That was how she started learning tailoring at Ifo.”
Boye disclosed that at a point, the father said Tolu would no longer live with him because he was usually away from home.
She said they decided she should be living with her master, who also agreed to the proposal.
She added, “In February 2019, I talked to my daughter on the phone through her friend, who is also an apprentice at the shop.
“It was during our discussion that my daughter told me her boss’ husband forcefully had sex with her and threatened to kill her if she disclosed it to anybody.
“When my brother heard of the incident, he said we should report it to the police and a human rights group. The case was reported at the Ifo Police Station.”
The victim’s mother stated that she was under pressure to drop the case
The victim in a chat with the popular media platform known as City Round disclosed that she was washing the dishes at the backyard on the day when the policeman overpowered and raped her.
“I’m 13 years old. I was learning tailoring at Ifo and living with my boss. I got there in November 2018.
“On February 2, 2019, my boss was not around and while I was washing plates at the backyard in the evening, her husband came and suddenly held me in the neck. He had sex with me there. His wife arrived and met me crying. I told her what happened but the man denied it.”
The victim’s aunt, Tosin Olofin, disclosed that the police wanted to sweep the case under the carpet.
She said, “The police are begging that they don’t want us to sue him. They have frustrated my sister (Boye) so much that she had decided to back off. The man was released without our knowledge.”
But the suspect denied the allegation when he was contacted by the press on Friday via telephone.
“It is false. My mistake was that I assisted the girl to live with my family. The result of the test carried out on her showed that she had been having sex for long. All this happened because of the misunderstanding between my wife and me. I was released on bail and I have been talking with the family of the girl.”
Meanwhile the Mrs Esther Ogwu, Director of the a human rights organisation, Esther Child Rights Foundation, based in Lagos disclosed that the victim’s mother had reported the case and they will ensure justice is done
We have been following up the case. We made sure that the child was taken to a hospital in Lagos for test.
“Our foundation also spoke to the Investigating Police Officer in the Ifo Police Station, who is in charge of the case. We are not happy about the turn which the case has taken because the man has been released.
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