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No fewer than 50 female minors have lost their virginity to their teachers, biological, step and spiritual fathers between 2019 and 2022 in Ogun state, PLATFORM TIMES Investigation revealed.
This is according to the data obtained from the Ogun state Police Command via its press statements within the years under review.
The data cover between October 4, 2019 and October 27, 2022 and the cases cut across the state.
PLATFORM TIMES’s investigation revealed that apart from the biological and step-fathers, teachers and some acclaimed men of God were also caught in the web of the immoral mess. In fact, some of these clerics committed the offence in the houses of God.
Most pathetic case was the case of a 64-year-old man, Ayotunde Taiwo who reportedly defiled a two-year-old girl.
Another sorry cases were of the randy fathers who did not only defile their daughters, but, also impregnated them.
Two fresh rape cases occurred in October 14 and 24, 2022 both in Mowe and Owode, in Obafemi-Owode and Yewa-South local governments area of the state respectively.
While October 14, 2022 rape case involved a 30-year-old father, Mfon Jeremiah who impregnated his 13-year-old daughter, the October 24 case involved a 40-year-old man, Taofeek Sulaeman who defiled his 13-year-old step-daughter.
In August 12, 2022, in Ode-Remo, a 49- year old randy father, Amoda Bola defiled and impregnated his 14- year old biological daughter. The victim who was a product of a broken home had started living with her father for some years before her father took advantage of her.
PLATFORM TIMES’s investigation showed that the father invited men to sleep with her daughter in exchange of money before his arrest.
The suspected rapists ; Ahmed Ogunkoya,38 Adeoye, 48, David Sunday Solar, 69, Emmanuel Olusanya, 50, and Joshua Olaniran,50.
Also, in August 2022, a 38-year old Pastor, Israel Adebayo reportedly defiled a 14-year-old member of his Church.
Findings by PLATFORM TIMES revealed that the Pastor who is the General Overseer of “the Beloved Chapel ” situated at No 9, Iyaniwura street, off Owonikoko street Agbado, Ifo local government area of Ogun state was reported by the mother of the victim that while she traveled, her daughter who happened to be a choir member in the church, went to the church and was lured by the Pastor into his room and forcefully had a carnal knowledge of her.
A herbalist, Samson Ogundele from Oja-Odan in Yewa-North local government was arrested on 27th July 2022, for having unlawful carnal knowledge of a young girl who came to his house on consultation.
In September 7,2021, a 64-years-old man, Ayotunde Taiwo reportedly defiled a two-year-old girl.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the suspect almost got away with the murder before he was exposed. The mother noticed that her daughter could not walk well, and when she inspected her body, she saw blood gushing out of her private part and when she asked her daughter about what happened to her, the little girl pointed to the house opposite their own house.
On getting to the house, the suspect was met washing his blood-stained boxer shot, indicating that he just had unlawful carnal knowledge of the little girl.
In September 21, a 52-year-old man, Jimoh Mutaliu reportedly impregnated and procured series of abortions for his 16-year-old niece at Adatan in Abeokuta South local government.
In June 2020, a 54-year- old pastor, Niyi Omowodun defiled a 12-old girl in Ota in the Ado-Odo local government area of the state. The suspect was an acclaimed pastor at Helmet of Life international church.
In July 2020 , a village head, Rasheed Sholabi, the Baale of Oose Agbedu Ajibawo in Owode-Yewa area of the state reportedly raped his 15-year- old biological daughter. The Village head was arrested when the victim reported her father that he had been been having sex with her since when she was eleven years old as a result of which she now finds it difficult to control her urinary system.
The victim told the police that she lost her mother when she was barely two years old and that the suspect did not allow her to know any relation to her later mother
An acclaimed prophet, Ebenezer Ajigbotolwa, founder and General Overseer of the church of Lord, Olomore Abeokuta reportedly defiled and impregnated two underage sisters.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that one of the victims fell sick sometime in 2018 and was taken to the church for spiritual healing, but, the pastor took advantage of her sickness and asked her entire family of six to move into the church premises to avoid being afflicted with the same sickness.
There and then, the prophet reportedly started having sex with the girls who were of 16 and 13 years of age.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the pastor impregnated the two underage girls and went on to procure an abortion for them in a private clinic.
In August 25, 2020, an Arabic and Islamic teacher, Ismaila Saheed, 38 years and one Toliha Sabith 20, the duo reportedly defiled a-15 year- old girl. The incident occurred in Mowe in Obafemi-Owode local government area of the state.
In December 2019, a 60-year-old man, Taofeek Shotayo lured his 10-year-old step-daughter to his room with #600 and had a carnal knowledge of her. The incident occurred in Aregbe, in Odeda local government area of the state.
In October 2019, a 33-year-old man, Olabowale Samuel reportedly had a carnal knowledge of a seven-year-old girl. The incident happened in Sagamu. PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the mother had separated from the father who left her daughter in the care of the neighbor in the house.
… Rape, an Extraordinary Psychological Stressor- Expert
Speaking on the mental health of rape victims, the Secretary-General of the Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria, Dr. Abayomi Olajide, noted that rape could result in stress-related disorders and several psychiatric disorders.
Olajide added that other challenges but stigma could be overcome by the victims when given proper medical attention.
He said, “rape is an extraordinary psychological stressor that is sufficient to cause stress-related disorders including, acute stress reaction, acute stress disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress disorder. It can also function as a non-specific precipitant to several functional psychiatric disorders, including but not limited to depression, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and substance use disorders.
“The stigma associated with rape comes in several forms, Public stigma, structural stigma, and probably more importantly self-stigma. While it may be impossible for the victim to make significant changes in any other aspects of stigma, self-stigma is mostly under the control of the victim.
“The victim can be helped to see himself/herself as not being less of a person after the incident than previously. The negative stereotypical beliefs associated with rape can be directly addressed, which will encourage positive attitudes towards self and in turn, eliminate the tendency towards social exclusion.”
Speaking on the factors responsible for rape, the expert said, “there are anecdotal reports that suggest that some cases of rape also involve incest (i.e. Father-child, Mother-child, sibling-sibling, etc.).
“Some reports have suggested that factors such as drug abuse, pornography, dysfunctional family settings, lack of supervision of teenage children, lack of privacy are associated with such incestuous relationships/rape.”
… Defilement Of Minors Is Worrisome- PPRO
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi expressed worries over the incessant rape of minors across the state.
Oyeyemi added that the rate at which minors are being abused is alarming and worrisome.
He said, “It is worrisome. The rate at which it is happening in quick succession is very disturbing.
“How can fathers have carnal knowledge of their daughters? But there is nothing we can do, as we can’t be following everybody to their houses.
The Police boss urged mothers to be wary of the level of intimacy between their husbands and their daughters, adding that they should raise alarm if need be.
“We have been sensitizing the public and even mothers to be very careful and watchful of their daughters.
“If the intimacy level between the father and the daughters is becoming too much, mothers should raise the alarm.
“Parents should be watchful of their girl child, especially with their outings and who they are left with.”
..Victims Responsible For Delay In Justice
Oyeyemi attributed the culture of silence and family bias as factors responsible for the delay in justice for survivors of rape.
He noted that victims would rather keep quiet and not stand as witnesses during court proceedings because of stigmatization, adding some accept bribes from the perpetrators.
“Delay in justice is always caused by the victims because getting them to testify in court is a problem.
“In some cases, the family of the victim will compromise and collect money from the suspect and frustrate the investigative efforts of the police.” He said
The Executive Director, Spring Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Damola Lapite, said that victims among other factors contribute to delays in justice.
Lapite emphasized that lack of finance, societal norms that stigmatize victims, and lack of cooperation and support from government and stakeholders in the society are factors responsible for delay in justice.
He said, “you know where money is not available to do what is required or do it holistically, you have kickstarted the delay.
“The problem is when you tell a poor person that he/she has to pay about 100k for the whole process of getting the matter to court while the perpetrator is dangling 150k before them, what do you think they’ll take?
“The society demonizes survivors causing stigmatization in turn making survivors more traumatized and in several situations forced to abandon the pursuit of justice.
“Lack of cooperation and support from government and stakeholders in the society stemming from above.”
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