Man arrested for allegedly raping teenage housemaid
A 42-year-old man has been arrested by the Ogun State police command for allegedly raping his 16-year-old housemaid.
The incident happened at the family’s house at the Government Reservation Area (GRA), Ibara, Abeokuta, the state capital.
The police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident yesterday, said the suspect, Abiodun Amosun, a website designer, committed the crime on October 25 while his wife was away in Lagos.
His arrest followed the complaint lodged at Ibara Police Division by the Benue State-born victim (name withheld) who was accompanied to the station by a member of Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR).
The victim told the police that the suspect forcefully dragged her into his bedroom and raped her.
She said when she started making noise after the man had his way, the suspect beat her up and sent her out of the house.
Oyeyemi said a member of the CDHR saw her and took her to the police station to report after which the suspect was arrested.
“On interrogation, the suspect initially denied the allegation, but when confronted with the blood-stained bed-sheet in his bedroom, he admitted to the offence.
“The victim who claimed to be a virgin before the incident has been taken to the General Hospital for medical attention and the medical report has confirmed that the victim was sexually abused,” the police spokesman said.
The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has directed that the case be transferred to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for proper investigation and prosecution of the suspect.
Meanwhile, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has demanded justice over the death of Elizabeth Ochanya Ogbanje, a 13-year-old pupil of Federal Government Girls College (FGGC), Gboko in Benue State.
The Chairperson, TUC Women Commission, Comrade Oyinkan Olasanoye, who expressed shock on what led to the demise of the teenager, caused by Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF) that arose from the several sexual abuses by her 51-year-old uncle, a lecturer and his son, a final year student of the Federal University of Agriculture, Markurdi.
In a statement, Olasanoye condemned the act, stating that justice for Ochanya is justice for all women over the world that has suffered same fate. She noted that the incidences of rape have continued because the country is not doing enough to curb it, stating that the shame and stigmatisation of rape victims have been going on for long and it has not done the womenfolk any good.
“With the statistics of incidences of rape cases increasing daily, if the country, especially the lawmakers, security agencies, trade unions and non-governmental organisations do nothing drastic, soon the magnitude will so increase that every home becomes a potential victim.
“The act in itself is bad but worse when minors are the victim. To imagine the mental torture the deceased went through should be a torture to sane minds, especially women.”