An NGO founder identified as Jephath Ighodaro, who was arraigned at an Ogba Magistrate’s Court on Friday, has been remanded in the Kirikiri prison for allegedly sodomising his four-year-old twin children.
The 37-year-old NGO Founder arrest came, after his wife became suspicious after the kids fondled her breasts when they spent a weekend with her. She lodged a complaint with the police, that he sodomized their kids.
Police spokesperson, CSP Chike Oti, disclosed that the couple separated in October 2015 after which Ighodaro withdrew the children from their school in March 2016. He was accused of abusing the children between January and July 2018, as he allegedly penetrated their anuses and made them suck his manhood.
The results of medical tests from the Mirabel Medical Centre, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, showed that the victims were abused, and according to the Director of the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender, Mrs Adeyinka Adeyemi, the children went to toilet about three times, adding that they might have health problems.
Punch reported that the Edo State indigene who pleaded not guilty, was arraigned on Friday on two counts of sodomy.
The charge read, “That you, Jephath Ighodaro, between January 2018 (and July 2018), between 7am and 10pm on Saint Augustine Street, Orisunmbare, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully sexually assault one (first child) by penetrating his anus, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2015.
“That you, Jephat Ighodaro, between January 2018 (and July 2018), between 7am and 10pm on Saint Augustine Street, Orisunmbare, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully sexually assault one (second child) by penetrating his anus, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2015.”
While the police prosecutor, Inspector Samuel Ishola, who stood in for the resident prosecutor, Christopher John, applied for the remand of the defendant in prison, the defence counsel, Sunday Aniebite, applied for the bail of the defendant, saying the law presumed Ighodaro innocent until the contrary was proven.
Chief Magistrate, Mr. P.E. Nwaka who stood down the case after observing an oversight in the remand form brought by the police, later remanded Ighodaro in custody. He adjourned the case till September 3, 2018.