Father docked for allegedly raping own 12-year-old daughter

Shadowed lady used to illustrate the story.
Shadowed lady used to illustrate the story.

A 35-year-old father, Emmanuel Idoko, appeared before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Friday for alleged rape of his 12-year-old biological daughter.

The prosecutor, Lucky Ihehie, said Mr. Idoko slept with his daughter in his home at 35, Akinwonsola St.,Oworonshoki, Kosofe Area of Lagos.

The accused is facing a three-count charge bordering on rape of a minor contrary to Sections 137, 160 and 170 of Criminal Code Law 2015.

Corroborating the incident, the coordinator, Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, told the court that the rape started in mid 2017.

“The alleged defilement started precisely in July, 2017 in their single room apartment where the 12- year- old girl was allegedly assaulted sexually by her biological father.

“According to reports, the mother of the survivor (name withheld) divorced her father over three years ago but Idoko did not allow the mother to go with her children.

“The father, the survivor and his other nine-year-old daughter live together in his single room apartment.

“The survivor recalled that the first incidence happened in July when her father forcefully undressed her at about 11:00 p.m. even though she resisted, but her own father raped her.

“She said since then, her father’s gruesome act has been consistent weekly and precisely on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.”

“This caused serious emotional trauma for the young girl who is in primary five. She kept this to herself until she finally opened up to a mandated reporter.

“It was the mandated reporter who reported the case to the police, took her to Mirabel Centre, a sexual assault referral centre in Lagos, which examined and confirmed forceful penetrations on her.

“At the sexual assault referal centre, she was administered drugs and lodged in a private children centre in the area.

“The matter was reported to DSVRT on Nov. 21 by Ketu Police Station Family Unit after presenting hospital reports, then the father was arrested,” she said.

The accused pleaded not guilty.

The Magistrate, Sule Amzat, granted the accused N200,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

She adjourned the case until December 12 for continuation of trial.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 137 stipulates 14 year imprisonment for offender.



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  • Abdullah Musa

    People atimes create situations for rape to occur.
    Why should a man be allowed custody of two girls and for him to be sleeping in the same room with them?
    We refuse to accept that in many, the sexusl urge is not under the control of reason.

    • Julius

      C’on dude, don’t even go there. He should take that devilish urge outside and find himself a prostitute. What he did is unacceptable under any condition. I hope you are not doing the same thing.

      • Abdullah Musa

        Are you incapable of reason?
        If the mother had gone to Court for custody of her daughters would this have happened?
        But because your upbringing groomed you to insult others your brain cannot even digest the gist of any comment.

        • Julius

          So because her mother didn’t go to court for custody it gave the man the right to rape HIS OWN DAUGHTER ????.Will you as a man a father do that to your own daughter regardless of the circumstances ?..Abeg say NO !!

          • Abdullah Musa

            Who is saying he has the right?
            We are trying to show the root of the problem:! Leaving grown up daughters in custody of spouseless fathers.
            If you go out of your house and leave the door open, the thief who steals from you is guilty of theft, but you are also guilty of foolishness.

    • Sanssouci

      His biological daughters fa? You are sick to even suggest that

      • Abdullah Musa

        You are more sick to refuse to understand the argument:
        Why should a man be allowed to sleep in the same room with his grown up daughters?
        You are brainless not to see my counsel that their mother should have sought custody of her daughters from the Court.
        And you are too ignorant to understand that this is not an isolated incident, it has been happening repeatedly all over the country, across cultures, for exactly the same reason: divorced wives leaving their grown up daughters with their former husbands who have no new sex partners.
        If you want hurl insults do so on yourself first, for to me you seem mentally retarded, incapable of reason.

        • Sanssouci

          An Incestuous pedophile is what you are, coming here to seek justification

          • Abdullah Musa

            I take pains to make people see reason.
            I will attempt one more time with you inspite of your insult.
            The incident under discussion is not first in Nigeria, not even the tenth.
            It happened across cultures, across religions.
            In one case which went to Court in Hausa land, a man impregnanted his daughter.
            And in all the reported incidents, one common cause was: the mother left her daughter (s) with her former husband who is now spouseless.
            In this particular case a father is sleeping in a locked room with a grown up daughter.
            Common sense should dictate to us that we should stop the practice of divorced women leaving their grown up daughters with their bachelor-husbands, abuses will occur, have been occurring.
            It was in the news long time back that a man of European descent divorced his wife who went away with the daughter.
            The daughter as a grown up lady came back to live with her father.
            They became lovers, resulting in three children.
            Being permissive society, they were forbidden from having more children but their living together was not terminated.
            Do not come to dialogue with an insulting attitude, you end up stultifying your brain.