The founder of a non-governmental organisation, has been arrested by operatives of the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, for allegedly sodomizing his twin sons.
37-year-old Jephath Ighodaro, was arrested in the Aguda, Surulere area of the state by the police and some officials of the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender.
A source told Punch Metro that the case was reported by the suspect’s wife after the two boys, aged four, fondled her breasts in an “adult way.”
The source said the woman became alarmed when she saw the twins attempting to make love to each other, adding that when she queried them, they said their father had been doing the same thing to them. He said;
“The woman and the suspect got married over four years ago. The woman came from a family that is not well to do, while the man came from a rich family.
“The woman said throughout their marriage, the man only made love to her about six times. The woman suspected that something was wrong with him as he abandoned her sexually.
“She said she could not cry out because she was afraid. She raised the issue with the suspect’s sister who lives abroad and she dismissed it. The man’s family asked her to keep quiet. She lived with the husband in a flat in their family house.”
PUNCH Metro learnt that the matter was reported to the OPD, which started an investigation into it.
A source at the government agency told our correspondent that the children were taken to the Mirabel Medical Centre, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, where tests were carried out on them.
The result of the tests reportedly showed that the children had forceful penetration in their anuses.
The Edo State indigene was arrested by policemen from the Aguda division and was transferred to the command headquarters.
A police source said the victims gesticulated how the act was performed by their father when they were interviewed by the police.
He noted that although the suspect denied the allegation, he would be arraigned on Friday.
The Director of the OPD, Mrs Olayinka Adeyemi, said the government would pursue the case to a logical end. She said;
“We find it unacceptable and shocking that a father could abuse his own children; two beautiful sons. This shows that sexual abuse is not just about the girl-child; the boy-child is also endangered.
“While we were interviewing the children, they went to the toilet about three times; we are afraid that their bladders may have been affected. We have asked that further tests be conducted on them.
“We also discovered that he has an NGO that claims to be empowering youths. And the NGO has a lot of youths and that was why we got the gender unit of the police command involved because the NGO may be a scam through which young and innocent boys are being lured. To his end, we have written the state Commissioner of Police for further investigation.”