A 13-year old girl has narrated how her biological father, Stephen Chimaraobi, and his friend, Paul Oha, raped her for seven years in their Ojodu home in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.
Following her revelation, the police at Grammar School Division, Ojodu, arrested her father and his friend.
Chimaraobi from Delta State has remained single after his wife left him, while Oha from Mbaise in Imo State, is married and has two kids.
The victim revealed that her 42-year old father and his friend started defiling her when she was six years old and continued till she became 13 without each of them knowing until she reported the matter to the police.
She said she did not know the damage they were doing to her until now that she became an emotional wreck.
The traumatized victim told the police that her mother left her in the care of his father at their home in Yetunde Morgan Estate, Ojodu, when she was six years old.
She said her father did not re-marry after her mother left him and he took advantage of her mother’s absence to rape her repeatedly.
The little girl said she was helpless because her father warned her not to tell anyone otherwise he would kill her.
She said while her father was defiling her, his friend, Oha, who lives with his wife and two children in the same estate, joined in sexually assaulting her.
She told the police that Oha usually comes to their house at odd time when her father had gone to work to have sex with her.
She said after that, he would warn her not to tell anyone about it, including her father.
“My father’s friend after abusing me, will ask me not to tell my father, not knowing that my father was also abusing me,” she told the police.
The victim who has started learning hair dressing, said she went to the police to report the matter when the trauma became unbearable.
When P.M.NEWS visited Chimaraobi’s residence, his neighbours confirmed the incident.
On the allegation by the victim, the neighbours said they were not surprised because there has been rumours like that and nobody was courageous enough to confront Chimaraobi or inform the police.
They condemned the act and said the police should ensure that the victim get justice.
They also said they knew Oha as his friend who usually visited the girl and her father and said they did not know his visit was to defile the little girl.
At Oha’s residence within the estate, his wife expressed shock over the matter.
She said all she knew was there was a time Chimaraobi asked them to keep the girl in their house when he went to work outside Lagos. At the station where the suspects were detained, the Divisional Police Officer, D. P. O. Uduak Udoh said that the victim came to the station to report that her father and his friend abused her.
He said the police have since started investigation on the matter and if our reporter needed any information, he should go to the PPRO.
Police sources told P.M.NEWS that the mother of the victim and the relations of Chimaraobi have been invited as part of the investigation to authenticate the girl’s allegation.
Chimaraobi told P.M.NEWS that he did not rape the victim as she claimed and said his daughter fabricated the allegation so that she will go back to her mother.
He said he married her mother and when the victim was six years, she abandoned him and the girl and left.
Chimaraobi said that since his estranged wife left, he has been taking care of the girl and she has just finished her JSS3, while her mother has been battling him to take the girl away.
He also said he did not know his friend, Oha, was sleeping with her until she said so at the police station.
The two men were charged with defilement and rape at the Family Court in Ikeja, yesterday. The matter was adjourned till 6 November while the suspects were remanded in Kirikiri Prisons.