By Favour Goodness
A father and a grandfather in Osun state have been arrested after their 13-year-old daughter/granddaughter opened upon how they turned her into their object for sexual satisfaction for several years.
The two men are now in the custody of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Osun Command.
The command’s Spokesperson, Mr Adigun Daniel, who disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday in Osogbo, the state capital, said that the suspects were arrested on Friday, upon the confession of the girl.
“The corps received a tip-off from an informant who disclosed that the girl opened up to her that the grandfather and father have been having canal knowledge of her.
“The corps immediately swung to action and arrested the father.
“Upon investigation, the girl said that her father had been having canal knowledge of her since two years ago. She also said that she had been living with her maternal grandmother at the age of three before she was taken to her paternal grandfather at the age of five.
“She said that her father and mother are separated and that was why she was entrusted in the care of her grandparents at different times.
“The girl also stated that at some point, she was molested by her grandfather but she could not stick to her allegation, owing to the fact that she was still living with him,” the NSCDC spokesman said.
He, however, added that both the father and the grandfather had denied having canal knowledge of the girl.
Daniel said that the corps had given custody of the girl to the state Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, pending the conclusion of investigation on the matter.
He further stated that the NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Emmanuel Ocheja, had directed that appropriate investigation be carried out on the alleged case of incest against the victim.
The NSCDC spokesman quoted Ocheja as saying that the girl was psychologically disturbed to give vivid account of her ordeal, adding, however, that with tact, the corps would scoop out useful information to help her.
Ocheja said that NSCDC would not condone such act in any guise, adding that the protection of underage and females was paramount to the corps.