Lagos State, the former Nigerian capital still boasts of being the industrial and commercial hub of Africa, and with this, plays host to all manners of people: the, good, the bad and the ugly. A lot of things actually happen in the metropolitan city.
But the most disconcerting appears to be the issue of rape of infants and teenagers. Perhaps, the outrageous population, urban poverty, face-me-I-slap-you urban housing structures, uncompleted structures dotting the landscape, poor security system, education system that is faintly run and lack of stiffer penalty for offenders may have actually fanned the embers of incessant phenomenon of child rape in Lagos.
A particular case is the recent arrest by the Lagos State Police Command of a 60-year-old man and two others alleged to have continually gang-raped a 13-year-old primary six pupil until she became pregnant, in Majidun area of Lagos. Just as the public has expressed fear of inadequate deterrence for offenders, the trio in the rape crime regained freedom and became more emboldened.
The mother of the victim raised the alarm that her life is being threatened by the suspects: Baba Ijebu, 60, Kingsley and Henry, because she made the matter known to the police.
The young person, simply identified as Ijeoma, was reported to be three months pregnant. According to a neighbour, “she was raped consistently by these three persons. They slept with her whenever her mother went for vigil and at the end, they would give her N100 or N200.” According to the story which went viral, a neighbour, who noticed the continuing abuse of the teenager, asked the girl to tell her mother, but she said that her mother would kill her.
The victim’s mother, who refused to disclose her name, said she became suspicious after she noticed some changes in her daughter and when taken to the hospital, she was confirmed to be three months pregnant. She said: “They were arrested by policemen at Owutu Division, but released.
Now they are threatening me for reporting to the police. Kingsley and Henry live in the same compound with us, while Baba Ijebu lives at the opposite compound. Baba Ijebu offered me N1,000 to take care of my pregnant daughter, but I did not collect it. Kingsley claimed he only fingered my daughter,” the girl’s mother said