A 12-year-old girl, identified only as Favour, has been rescued by the police in the Mafoluku, Oshodi area of Lagos State, where her aunt and the husband allegedly took her to get rid of a pregnancy.
According to online news, Favour had been allegedly raped several times by her aunt’s husband, identified as Johnbull Dike, before she conceived. It was learnt that while Favour was put in police’s care, a manhunt was launched for Johnbull, a tricycle rider, who fled the area after the police rescued the girl. It was gathered that Dike’s wife and the nurse who was caught during the abortion had been arrested by the Akinpelu Police Division.
It was learnt that the girl was allegedly taken to the nurse on Sunmola Street, Mafoluku, on Wednesday, May 4. It was also learnt that some residents gave a tip-off to a child rights’ group, Child Protection Network, which involved the police. Favour was discovered to be four months pregnant, and she was allegedly raped on several occasions by the suspect in January 2016. Johnbull, a father of three, and Happiness, however, found out that Favour was pregnant in February, after which they bundled her to stay with their trader friend in Mafoluku, to hide the evil deed. However, the woman was said to have returned Favour to the couple in April, saying she could not afford to take care of her.
Johnbull and Happiness, who lived on Brown Street, subsequently took Favour to the nurse to get rid of the pregnancy. The matter was also reported to the Lagos State Domestic and s3 xual Violence Response Team in Alausa. A worker with the Child Protection Network, Ebenezer Omejalile, said Favour did not inform her aunt about the rape, because the suspect had allegedly threatened to kill her if she did. He said, “The case was brought to my attention by a community development committee secretary in Oshodi, Mr. Mamora. The victim was raped and impregnated by her aunt’s husband. “I went to see the girl at the place where the aunt had taken her with the connivance of a nurse to abort the pregnancy. The girl underwent a scan before the abortion. It was a failed process because she began to bleed at the nurse’s place. The police were informed on that Wednesday and the two women were arrested, while Johnbull fled. “The policemen took Favour to a proper hospital to get rid of the remaining foetus. As it is, the suspect is on the run because he knew that the girl is with the police.”
The Commissioner of Police has ordered that the case be transferred to the Gender Unit of the command. “The suspect is on the run, but efforts are on to arrest him. Meanwhile, the wife and the nurse will both be charged to court.
Edited from Punch