Two men out of the five tenants who reportedly defiled their deceased landlord’s 12-year-old daughter and got her pregnant, were arraigned before an Lagos State High Court in Igbosere on Monday.
Speaking at the trial of two of the suspects, 30-year-old Shaibu Isiaka and 34-year-old John Obah who were brought by the police before a Yaba Magistrates’ Court in 2014 on a two-count charge of conspiracy and unlawful sexual intercourse, the prosecution witness, Sergeant Afeez Idowu, who was led in evidence by prosecution counsel Mr Adebayo Haroun, told Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya, that the girl in company of her mother identified Isiaka and Obah among the five men who defiled her on separate occasions.
“The girl said that whenever she was sent to buy things like sweet, the first defendant Isiaka, usually asked her to keep the change and that whenever her mother was not around, the first defendant would have sexual intercourse with her on her mother’s matrimonial bed.
“She said that Obah, the second defendant, was the first person to defile her. She was 12 years old when they defiled and impregnated her.”
Though the suspects pleaded not guilty, however Idowu disclosed that the tenants, without coercion, admitted the crime at the Police Divisional Headquarters at Oworonshoki.
Idowu added: “During investigation, Obah admitted that he had sexual intercourse with the victim, he also claimed that when he discovered that she was having sexual intercourse with the first defendant and his brothers, he left her.”
He further told Justice Ogunsanya that Isiaka also admitted that he and his brothers, who were squatting with him, had sexual intercourse with the girl.
Idowu added: “When we discovered that the girl’s stomach began to protrude, the police gave her mother a letter to take to a hospital, where a test confirmed that she was pregnant.”
Following the conclusion of the examination-in-chief, Justice Ogunsanya adjourned till October 9, for continuation of trial.