Police in Ogun State have arrested a 43-year-old man identified as Abiodun Oladapo, for allegedly impregnating his 19-year-old daughter.
This was revealed in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, on Saturday.
According to the statement, the arrest was made following a complaint lodged at Mowe Divisional Headquarters by one Oluwatoyin Idowu, who reported that her son, Michael Idowu, was wrongly accused of impregnating the victim.
Further investigation revealed that it was the victim’s father who had been having an incestuous affair with her, leading to her pregnancy.
Oyeyemi stated that the suspect had confessed to the crime and that the victim had been taken to a hospital for medical attention.
He also added that the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, had ordered that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.
The police spokesperson urged members of the public to always report cases of abuse and incestuous acts, assuring them that the police would do everything within their power to ensure that perpetrators of such acts are brought to justice.
He said, “Upon investigation, the victim who is five months pregnant, confessed to the police that her father had been sexually abusing her since February 2022 with threats to kill her if she informed anybody about it.
“According to her, when she got pregnant, her father asked her to lie against Michael Idowu for being responsible for the pregnancy.
“Upon her confession, the DPO, Mowe Division, SP Folake Afeniforo, detailed detectives to go after the randy father, and he was subsequently arrested.
“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime but blamed it on the devil.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect who had long separated from the victim’s mother took custody of the girl when her mother remarried and they have been living together since then.”
Oyeyemi however said the Commissioner of Police, Frank Mba, had directed that the suspect be transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and possible prosecution.
Mba assured the public that the case would be thoroughly investigated and the suspect made to face the consequences of his actions.