A 65-year-old man, Waheed Kareem, has been arrested and is currently detained at the Oyo State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.
An investigation by our correspondent revealed that Kareem, an indigene of Abeokuta in Ogun State, alongside his 60 years old younger brother, Rasheed (now at large), assaulted his step-daughter at Olude, Apata in Ibadan, Ido Local Government Area of Oyo.
It was further learnt that the teenager (name withheld), who is a JSS one student of a government-owned secondary school in the LGA, was earlier severely abused by her biological father from the age of two years old.
An impeccable source said the incident took several days before the case was eventually reported to the police.
Narrating her ordeal, the victim said she started experiencing sexual abuse at the age of two when her biological father started having carnal knowledge of her after her mother, Abiodun Kareem, moved out of her matrimonial home leaving her with her father. She added that the sexual assault continued till she was eight years.
She said it was easy for her father to carry out the vicious act because they were staying alone.
While explaining how the cat was let out of the bag, the victim said her maternal grandmother paid her an impromptu visit and she told her her ordeal for six years.
The case was then reported at Isabo Police Station in Abeokuta, Ogun State and the father was arrested and kept in custody for four years awaiting trial but unfortunately died in prison.
Narrating her present predicament, she alleged that the 65-year-old stepfather, Kareem, continued from where her father stopped and always had sex with her weekly while his younger brother, Rasheed, popularly called Onaala had sex with her every day.
She said she did not inform her mother because the man was threatening to kill her alongside her mother hence the reason why she kept it secret since 2021.
It was further gathered that a neighbour noticed that she was having her menstrual flow for 16 days every month as against the normal three to five days.
This prompted her mother to take her to a private hospital where it was diagnosed that her womb had been infected.
Confirming the allegation, the 35-year-old mother of the victim, Abiodun, said she accosted her husband but had to keep mute as she had no financial means to take care of the three children ages six, four and two birthed for the man.
As of press time, on Saturday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Adewale Osifeso, could not be reached for confirmation.
Meanwhile, the Director of Child Welfare, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Oluwagbemileke Ojerinde, has promised that the state government would rehabilitate the victim while her mother would be supported in raising the other three children.
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