A 42-year old man has been arrested by the police for allegedly raping and impregnating a 16-year old daughter of a legal practitioner in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.
The incident happened at their Igando residence where both Rasak Ishola, the defendant, and parents of the victim reside.
The father of three kids also allegedly aborted the pregnancy without her parent’s knowledge.
The complications arising from the abortion made the girl fall sick. Continue...
When her parents became apprehensive about her illness and asked her what happened and why her condition had deteriorated over time, she then opened up and confessed what happened to her.
The angry father went to the police and reported the incident.
Ogun State-born Ishola was arrested and detained at Igando Police Division where he was charged to Ejigbo Magistrate’s court with the alleged offences under the Criminal Code.
Ishola, who is married and has children, allegedly admitted that the teenage girl was his girlfriend and that he had been sleeping with her without his wife’s knowledge.
“I knew her six months ago and since she was living in the same area with me, we were meeting secretly until she became pregnant,” he narrated.
He denied the rape charge against him and claimed she is above 18 years old and had just gained admission into Delta State University as a first year student.
Ishola said when she became pregnant, her father, who is a legal practioner, started making trouble with him, and his efforts to settle the matter with the lawyer failed because he said he could not meet his conditions.
Asked what could have led him into all that, he said it was temptation and not that he actually raped her.
Ishola said he kept the affairs away from his wife and because of the incident his wife has now known what she was not supposed know and hear.
When he was brought to the court to be arraigned, the court discovered that the victim was a minor and decided to shelve the trial. The presiding Magistrate, Mrs M. B. Folami ordered that the matter should be transferred to a Family Court at Ikeja.