A middle- aged trader at Alaba International Market, Ojo, Lagos, simply identified as Joseph, a.k.a Pastor is in Police net for allegedly raping his neighbour’s seven-year-old granddaughter (names withheld) at Mechanic Bus Stop, Ojo, Lagos.
The victim’s mother, Mrs Nene Oguchint, alongside her three children visited her sick father who lives in the same compound with the suspect at Number 19, Adeyanju (Civilian Barracks) three weeks ago.
According to VANGUARD, the victim was allegedly raped twice during this period by Joseph who is popularly called Pastor in the vicinity. The bubble burst after a teenager in the compound confided in the victim’s mother that Pastor had earlier defiled his 12-year-old brother, Collins.
Shocked at the disclosure, the victim’s mother made further enquiries only to discover that her visiting daughter had fallen victim to the notorious serial rapist. The victim told her bewildered mother that the first time pastor did it was the day she, together with her younger ones, went inside the Pastor’s room.
The little girl said,
“When we entered, he told my little sister Amaka to take my brother, Victor outside. When they went outside, Uncle asked me to sit on his laps, removed my pants and his trouser and started putting his private part inside my bum-bum. Later, white substance began to come out from it. After he finished, he gave me N10,00.
The second time was in the afternoon; I was in the passage alone, so Uncle Joseph started calling me, in a low voice, to come in. I thought he wanted me to run some errand for him. So, I went inside his room and he did the same thing to me. After he finished, he gave me two sliced bread.”
Asked why she didn’t tell her mother, she said that Uncle threatened that he will kill her if she told anyone.
The teenage boy whom Pastor earlier raped told Mrs. Oguchint the rapist was dating his mother, that his mother would not believe him if he had told her.
Mrs. Oguchint encouraged the boy to tell his mother. Unfortunately when he did, his mother slapped him, asking how he would make such an allegation against Joseph the Pastor. While this was going on, two siblings from another tenant, Joel and Emma said that the same Pastor has done similar things to them, too. When asked why they didn’t tell their mother when it happened, they said he threatened to kill them if they told anyone.
Lamenting, the victim’s father, Chinedu Oguchint, a trader, who came to Lagos because of the case on Wednesday, said:
“I want the case to be properly investigated and we want justice to be done.
We are calling on the Commissioner of Police, Owoseni Fatai, Lagos State Government and the human right groups to intervene in this issue as the suspect’s relatives are attempting to cover the case up.”