52-year-old Man Arrested in Lagos for Sexually Abusing Daughter for 3 Years

A 52-year-old man, Paul Akpederi, has been arrested by the police in Lagos for allegedly sleeping with his 15-year-old daughter.
The retired civil servant, who hails from Delta State, is being held for continuous sexual abuse of his daughter since she was 12.
Akpederi was said to have been arrested at their home at Adegbite Street, Ori-Okuta, in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
Rose, who confessed of the alleged rape, said her father started sleeping with her three years ago at 12.
It was learnt that Akpederi started sexually abusing Rose when she was in JSS 3.
When the secret got to the knowledge of a teacher, the father allegedly moved her to another school.
The suspect was said to have continued the abuse until she got to SSS 2 in her new school.
A social worker, who was part of the rescue, said that Akpederi started sleeping with his only daughter after separating from her mother.
He said, “The man had been defiling his daughter since the wife left him. She is their only daughter and when the marriage broke down, he took custody of her. That was when the problem started.
“He started sleeping with her when she was barely 12 years old. She was in JSS 3 then. They were about to start their final exams in the junior school when her colleagues found her crying uncontrollably. When they could not console her, they called the attention of one of their teachers, who then took her to a room.
“She told the teacher what she had been going through and the teacher informed Rose’s pastor at a branch of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, who counselled her. Her father was invited and that was the end of the case.
“The man, who was desperate to cover up the crime, changed her school and she lost contact with the teacher.”
It was learnt that the teacher in her former school ran into her one day and they had a brief discussion about her (Rose) welfare.
The teacher, who suspected the abuse was still continuing, reportedly informed a friend, who wrote about Rose’s ordeal on OPD’s Facebook page on October 9.
A member of the OPD team that visited the victim’s school said she initially denied the defilement and attempted to exonerate her father.
He said, “She kept lying and when we didn’t get a breakthrough, we got in touch with the mandatory reporter (teacher) who then assisted us in trailing her to her parent’s house. The police arrested the man and rescued the girl.
“They were both taken to a police station. During interrogation, the girl again denied that anything happened. Her father suddenly became aggressive and said we didn’t have his permission to interview his daughter.
“The girl was taken to the OPD’s office at Ikorodu, where she opened up to an officer. We took her to a home in Ijede, where she was placed in a shelter and protective custody.
“She said her father had been sleeping with her since she was in JSS 3 and he slept with her at least three times in a month. She said he slept with her in August and September 2017 as well. She explained that he always poured his semen into her private parts and he never used contraceptives. She said anytime he slept with her, he would tell her not to tell anybody. The girl said she could not tell people because she thought nobody would believe her,” the official said.
It was gathered that she was placed on medication over complaints that she had yet to see her menstrual period, just as some growths were allegedly spotted in her private parts.
The case was reported at the Owutu Division and the DPO led a police team to arrest the suspect.
The girl was taken to a hospital where preliminary medical tests were conducted on her to be sure she was not infected or had any pregnancy or mental issue as a result of the sexual abuse.
The Lagos State police spokesperson, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the suspect would soon be arraigned in court.

Author: News Editor

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