A man, Jephath Ighodaro, has been arrested for allegedly defiling his twin sons in Aguda area in Surulere, Lagos.
Ighodaro, 37,who claimed to run a non-governmental organisation was arrested by operatives of the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, and the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender, OPD.
PUNCH reports that the suspect met his waterloo after the two boys, 4, groped his wife’s breasts in an ‘adult way’. The suspicious wife who wondered where they learnt it queried the boys and they opened up that their father has been having sexual intercourse with them.
It was gathered that the wife, who came from a poor family had been married to the suspect for four years.
A source told the news medium that “the woman said throughout their marriage, the man only made love to her about six times. The woman suspected that something was wrong with him as he abandoned her sexually.
“She said she could not cry out because she was afraid. She raised the issue with the suspect’s sister who lives abroad and she dismissed it. The man’s family asked her to keep quiet. She lived with the husband in a flat in their family house.”
“The woman did not move out of the house. After two years, the man started bringing the boys to the family house for weekends. He brought them every two weeks.
“On one of the occasions, she said the boys wanted to sleep with each other. Then at another time, they started fondling her breasts in an adult way. She questioned them and they confessed that their father had been sodomising them. They also alleged that he brought men to the house, who also sodomised them,” the source added.
Since the suspect’s arrest, the OPD has since started an investigation into the matter.
It was however, discovered that the result of the tests reportedly showed that the children had forceful penetration in their anuses.
“On the day the children were brought to the OPD for interviews, they claimed that their father sodomised them that day as well. After the result of the tests from Mirabel was released, the case was sent to the Gender Unit of the Lagos State Police Command Ikeja,” the source said.
A police source said the suspect denied the allegation, adding that he would be arraigned on Friday (today).
Meanwhile, Chike Oti, the Lagos State police spokesperson, said the suspect was in custody and would face prosecution, adding that the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, was interested in the case.
Also, Olayinka Adeyemi, the Director of the OPD, said the government would pursue the case to a logical end.
“We find it unacceptable and shocking that a father could abuse his own children; two beautiful sons. This shows that sexual abuse is not just about the girl-child; the boy-child is also endangered.
“While we were interviewing the children, they went to the toilet about three times; we are afraid that their bladders may have been affected. We have asked that further tests be conducted on them.
“We also discovered that he has an NGO that claims to be empowering youths. And the NGO has a lot of youths and that was why we got the gender unit of the police command involved because the NGO may be a scam through which young and innocent boys are being lured. To his end, we have written the state Commissioner of Police for further investigation.”