The arrested suspect who reportedly penetrated the victim with a ring, which he said would kill her if she told anyone about the sexual assault, had been sleeping with the girl in the house of her mistress, one Alhaja, on Olusoji Idowu Street, Ilupeju.
The incident which had been concealed till the 13-year-old Beninoise maid was 3 months pregnant, was reported to the Police by a resident. However at the Police Station, a Lagos State Office of the Public Defender was verbally assaulted by the relatives of the suspect and the Alhaja, who said the duo were lovers.
Punch reported that the OPD worker said the suspect’s family boasted, that nothing would come out of the case.
“The victim, before she was taken from me at the station, said she was brought from Cotonou, Benin Republic, to Lagos to work as a maid for one Alhaja on Olusoji Idowu Street, Ilupeju. She said her mother was dead, while her father was in the village. She noted that she did not finish primary education before she was brought to Lagos.
“She said her ordeal started when the perpetrator defiled her for the first time and threatened her with a ring that she would die if she told anybody what happened between them. The victim explained that she had lost count of the time the man had sex with her.
“She further stated that she wanted to report him to her mistress, but she was afraid that she would die due to the threat from the perpetrator, until she became pregnant. The perpetrator’s father resorted to threat that if his son was sent to jail, he would be released in a day,” he said.
It was further gathered that all effort to take the victim to a government shelter, was reportedly resisted as the Investigating Police Officer, one Rosaline, allegedly said the families had agreed to amicable settlement.
On her own part, Funmi’s mistress claimed that the suspect brought her from Benin Republic to Lagos, adding that Oyedele was 19 years old. However the Beninoise maid claimed she was raped.
“I work as a maid at Ilupeju. Whenever I finished working and went to the backyard to sleep, the boy, Friday (Oyedele), would use a ring to sleep with me. When I decided to tell people, he said I should not. Friday said if I did, I would die. Whenever I tried to tell people, I would forget. The man is 29 years old. He told me so himself. I am three months pregnant” she said.
Lagos State Police PRO who confirmed the incident, said;
“The girl and the man, 19-year-old Friday Oyedele, are lovers; even though they are too young to engage in such act. The result of their relationship was the pregnancy. The suspect was arrested and will be arraigned tomorrow (Wednesday).”