The police in Lagos State have arrested a 36-year-old man, Chigozie Osuocha, for allegedly raping his 12-year-old niece in the Olodi-Apapa area of the state.
Punch Newspaper reports that Osuocha had brought the young girl to stay with him from their hometown in Imo State in July 2017 with the promise of seeing her through school.
But instead of fulfilling his promise, he, however, turned her into his sex slave, defiling her at every opportunity he gets.
The suspect who confessed to the crime, reportedly told the police that he raped his niece only five times since he brought her to Lagos.
The suspect was arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command and reportedly confessed during interrogation.
It was learned that the young victim was sighted around 10 pm on Thursday, January 26, 2018, at Mile 2, after alighting from a commercial bus from Olodi Apapa, carrying two of the suspect’s children, aged four and six.
She was about to board another vehicle to Maza Maza when she was intercepted by a policeman who took her for questioning on how she came about the two children.
She was said to have opened up to the policeman, saying she was returning to her hometown in Imo State over the alleged sexual assault by her uncle.
In her statement to the police, the victim explained that since she was brought from the village, she had not been attending school, despite her uncle’s assurances to her parents that he would enroll her upon her arrival in Lagos.
She added that any time Chigozie wanted to defile her, he would return home early from work, lock his three children out of the house and have sex with her.
The victim further told the police that the eldest of her uncle’s three children later queried her on what the father did with her anytime he locked them out of the house and she opened up to the child who leaked the secret to their mother.
“His wife confronted me and I confirmed the story. I told her what her husband did to me. She threatened to pack out of the house. But they resolved the matter after he promised it wouldn’t happen again,” the victim began.
Continuing, she said:
“I have been staying with his three children at home, while they go about their businesses. He has refused to enroll me in a school since July 2017 when I came. I also reported everything uncle did to me to his brother in Lagos, who informed their father in the village.
The children saw me packing my things out of the house and asked me where I was going. When I told them I was returning to the village, they started crying and said they would follow me.
I took them along after stealing the N60,000 my uncle said I should give to his wife. I took his two sons with me and left the last child at home.
I didn’t know police officers were monitoring me. One of them crossed the expressway and asked me some questions about the children and I told him I was running back to the village because my uncle was sleeping with me,” she added.
Osuocha was reportedly lured to the RRS headquarters in Alausa, Ikeja, where he was confronted with the allegations and he allegedly confessed to having slept with the girl five times, blaming the devil for his actions.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) SP Chike Oti who confirmed the incident, said the victim had been transferred to the Family Support Unit of the command while Osuocha would be charged to court after investigations.