Idowu Shittu has been arrested. That is the good news. The bad news is that his wife’s cousin who lived with them has had to put up with rape for three years.
She is only 11 years.
The victim who is a cousin to Shittu’s wife only defied the threats and reported the matter to her sister after she was fed up. Shittu’s wife then reported to the police who arrested the suspect.
The incident happened in the Hallelujah area of Ifo, in Ota local government, Ogun state.
Shittu was arrested following a report lodged by his wife at Ifo Divisional Headquarter, that her husband had been forcefully having sex with her 11-year-old cousin (name withheld), who lives with them for the past three years.
Police Spokesman, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, stated this in a statement issued to newsmen in Ota, Ogun.
According to the wife, her cousin decided to report her husband to her when she could no longer bear it.
The wife said that the little girl, who lost her mother since she was a toddler, has been enduring it because she has no other place to live if her aunt’s husband sends her away.
The little girl said that her aunt’s husband usually threaten her whenever he wants to have his way with her.
“Upon the report, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Ifo Division, CSP Kehinde Kuranga, quickly detailed his detectives to the scene where the suspect was arrested.
“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime but pleaded for forgiveness from the little girl,” he said.
The Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has directed that the victim be taken to hospital for medical attention.
Bankole also ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the anti-human trafficking and child labour unit of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.