7th December, 2011
The police in Igando, Lagos State, Southwest, Nigeria have arrested two men, Omo Sukomi, 42 and John Diana, 29 for allegedly raping their friendâ€™s 15-year old daughter (name withheld).
The girl was said to have been drugged before the accused carried out the dastardly act.
The accused were charged before the Ikeja Family Court yesterday for rape and remanded in prison custody at the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prisons, Apapa, Lagos on the orders of the judge, A.O. Isaac.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the victim was lured into Sukomiâ€™s house at 26, Oguntuwase Street, Akesan, on the outskirts of Lagos where she was drugged. She slept off and the accused took turns to rape her.
According to the victimâ€™s father, Ayodele Wasiu, his daughter fell into their trap because they were his friends. â€œShe did not entertain any fear when they called her to deliver a message for her dad,â€ he stated.
The embittered father explained that her daughter, a virgin, was returning from school when the accused called her and pretended that they wanted to give her something for her father.
â€œWhen she got into Sukomiâ€™s room, they locked the door. They put something in the mineral they gave her and she slept off immediately. Later, they raped her in turns.
â€œWhen she woke up, she discovered blood all over her private parts and started crying. She came back home with blood-stained uniform and narrated what happened to me and my wife.
â€œI took her to the chairman of the landlord association, Mr. Sunday Ayeni and together with other community leaders reported the matter at the Igando Police Station,â€ the victimâ€™s father told the court.
The accused were arrested and charged to court while the victim was rushed to the Igando General Hospital where she is being treated.
The offence of rape is punishable under Section 357 of the Criminal Code. The section prescribes life imprisonment as punishment for anybody found guilty for rape.
P.M.NEWS investigation at Akesan revealed that the latest incident has thrown members of the community into panic because it happened barely a week after three friends living in the area were charged to court for raping a 16-year old girl.
Many residents who spoke with P.M.NEWS expressed fears that their daughters were no longer safe in the area and appealed to the government to apply maximum punishment on the accused to serve as a deterrent to others.
The chairman of the community development association, Mr. Ayeni, also assured that measures would be taken to protect young girls in the community from randy men prowling the streets.
â€” Cyriacus Izuekwe