A 12-year-old housemaid, identified simply as Benita, has told police in Lagos how her uncle slept with her five times. Benita was first arrested by the police at Mile 2 area while trying to flee with two of her uncle’s children age four and six.
The girl, a primary school leaver from Imo State, was intercepted about 10p.m. on Thursday by officials of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), after alighting from a commercial bus from Olodi-Apapa, trying to board another bus to Maza Maza.
The policemen invited her for questioning during which she disclosed that her 36-year-old uncle, Mr. Chigozie Osuocha, had defiled her five times in less than seven months she stayed in his house. Benita told the police that she was going to Maza Maza to board a night bus to Imo State.
According to NewTelegraph the victim told the police that her uncle brought her to Lagos to continue her education, while she would assist his wife in doing some house chores but had carnal knowledge of her five times. The suspect, who resides at 83, Muibi Street, Olodi- Apapa, was lured by the RRS officials to their office at Alausa, Ikeja through his telephone number provided by his six-year-old boy. Benita said any time Osuocha wanted to sleep with her, he would come home early, lock his three children out of his one room self-contained apartment and sleep with her. She said: “I was not comfortable living in his house, because all the things my uncle promised my parents before living the village and those that he promised me before sleeping with me are yet to be fulfilled.
“Because I was not comfortable with what my uncle was doing to me I had to tell his six-year-old son who asked me what his father was doing to me each time he locked them outside their apartment, leaving the two of us inside. “After I confessed to the boy what was happening he told his mother who confronted me. I confirmed all that her husband had been doing to me. She threatened to pack out.
But they resolved it after he promised it won’t happen again. “I have been taking care of his three children at home, while they go about their businesses. He has refused to enrol me in school since July 2017 that I have been living with them in Lagos.” Benita also said she reported Osuocha to his brother in Lagos who informed their father in the village. She added: “I decided to take his two sons with me while I left the last child at home.
The children saw me packing my clothes out of the house, they then asked me where I was going and I told them I was returning to the village. They started crying that they were going to go with me. I took them along with me after stealing his N60,000 which he said I should give to his wife.
“When we got down at Mile 2, I didn’t know that policemen were monitoring me. One of them crossed the expressway and asked me some questions about the children with me. At a point, I told him I was running away to the village because my uncle was sleeping with me.”
When confronted with the allegation, Osuocha confessed that he was lured by the devil. He also confessed to have slept with Benita five times. The suspect explained that he sought Benita’s parents’ permission in the village before bringing her to Lagos to continue her education while also assisting his wife with domestic chores.
He said: “I brought her to Lagos in July 2017 and I started sleeping with her in December 2017, while I slept with her three times in December. “When my wife got to know I was sleeping with her, she threatened to move out of the house with my three children. I begged her and we resolved the issue and I gave her N60,000 to give to my wife.
It was the money she wanted use to travel to the village along with my two boys.” The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Chike Oti, who confirmed the incident, said the girl had been transferred to the Family Support Unit of the command for treatment and further investigation of the matter.