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Man Arrested for Attempting to Rape His own 12-year-old Daughter in Lagos

In a harrowing incident at the Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court in Lagos, a police prosecution witness, Inspector Glory Eyo, provided a chilling account of how Abdullah Abiodun allegedly committed the heinous act of defiling his 12-year-old daughter. Led in evidence by the state prosecuting counsel, Olushola Sholeye, Eyo detailed the events that unfolded in the Badagry area of Lagos.

According to Eyo, the defendant’s son, Usman, became the unexpected witness to the crime when he stumbled upon his father engaging in the disturbing act. Eyo painted a disturbing picture in her testimony, recounting the sequence of events that unfolded within the confines of their home. After a visitor had departed, Abiodun instructed Usman to leave the premises, only to take advantage of the momentary privacy to perpetrate his repugnant act. Removing his daughter’s pants and gripping her neck, Abiodun attempted to force himself upon her. However, the victim’s screams alerted Usman, who intruded upon the horrifying scene.

Undeterred, Abiodun made an effort to chase away his son, while the traumatized daughter managed to escape and seek solace with their neighbor. It was the neighbor who ultimately reported the incident to the appropriate authorities, escalating the case to the Baale and subsequently the Lagos State Police Badagry Division.

The gravity of the allegations against Abdullah Abiodun led to the arraignment of the accused on June 3, 2021, on a charge of unlawful defilement of a child. The residence in the Badagry area served as the location for the offense. Prosecuting the case, it was noted that the defendant’s actions contravene Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Pleading not guilty to the charges levied against him, the defendant now faces a continuation of the trial. Presiding over the case, Justice Abiola Soladoye has adjourned proceedings until December 16, 2023. As the legal proceedings move forward, the hope is that justice will prevail and that the young victim will find closure and support in her pursuit of healing.


Ademola Adeyemi

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