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Father, son quarrel in prison over paternity of unborn baby of 13 year-old rape victim

The suspects

Robert Awokuse

A father and son who allegedly impregnated a 13-year-old relative are said to be enmeshed in a feud over the paternity of the as yet unborn baby.

The father Kabiru Oke and his son Faruq Oke, who are currently remanded in Kirikiri Maximum Prison, were said to have engaged in verbal attacks following their alleged rape of the victim that resulted in her becoming pregnant.

Kabiru Oke is brother in-law to the mother of the victim, Global Patriot Newspapers, GPNews, learnt.

It was gathered that Faruq, 19, who was angry with his father, expressed shock that he was secretly sleeping with the victim, blaming him for the mess in which they found themselves.

He said the situation would not have been as bad as it is if his father had not indulged in the illicit affair.

According to reports, while Kabiru, 44, claimed to be responsible for the pregnancy, his son however refuted the claim, insisting that he is the one who impregnated the victim.

It was learnt that the disagreement between the duo led to a heated argument in the prison and officials were compelled to separate them in order to avoid fisticuffs.

“Both father and son almost fought today because of disagreement over who is responsible for the pregnancy of the girl,” an official of the prison, who did not want his name mentioned, told our Correspondent.

“If not for our quick intervention, they would have resorted to fighting,” he added.

Both father and son are still standing trial for their alleged crime.

Recall that the Lagos police had last month, March 27, arrested Kabiru and his son, Faruq for allegedly raping the 13-year-old victim (names withheld) and impregnating her.

The incident, which occurred at Olatikpo Street, Egbeda, Alimosho area of Lagos, where both the suspects and the victim reside, have since received widespread condemnations.

The Gender Section of the Police Command received a complaint of the defilement of the minor by the mother of the victim (names withheld) against the husband of her elder sister, Kabiru Oke and his son, Oke Faruq of the same address.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP  Bala Elkana, explained that the victim lived with the alleged perpetrators oof the crime for a couple of years.

He said that the unholy affairs between the minor and the first suspect, Kabiru, reportedly started on 20th October, 2018.

Elkana said the suspect was constantly having sexual intercourse with the victim.

The second suspect, according to the PPRO, who is the son of the first suspect, “started having unlawful carnal knowledge of the same minor on January 10, 2019.”

Elkana maintained that the suspects usually threatened to kill the victim if she ever told anybody about their affairs.

However, the victim exposed the suspects when her mother noticed some changes in her and eventually discovered that she was pregnant.

He said the victim was later taken to Mirabel Centre by the Gender Unit of the Police Command for medical examination.

Based on the report, the two suspects were arrested and charged before the Ogba Magistrate Court presided over by Mrs. S.O. Osunsanmi for defilement of the under aged girl.

The prosecutor, Supol E. Ayorinde, asked the court to order for the Department of Public Prosecution, DPP’s report to determine the fate of the suspects.

It was gathered that the matter may be referred to the High Court if the DPP’s report finds them culpable.

 

 

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