By Esther Onyegbula
LAGOS — The Lagos State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Yaba, is currently investigating the defilement of a 10-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by her uncle in Lagos State.
Vanguard gathered that the 32-year-old suspect, identified as Uwem Femi Asuquo, allegedly took the victim (names withheld) to where he lived along Lagos-Abeokuta road, to help ease the burden on her family after his brother died in 2012.
Unknown to the victim’s mother, Iya Tope, that while her brother-in-law was taking care of her daughter between 2012/2013, he was allegedly having carnal knowledge of the little girl. As fate would have it, the victim began to live with her grandmother in Okunola area in Egbeda.
It was gathered that on that fateful day the suspect went to the victim’s house only to discover that his niece was now living with her grandmother. Immediately, he went to the house where his niece was living with her grandmother and took her to the mosque where he allegedly had sex with her inside the mosque.
Vanguard learned that after the incident, the victim had difficulty walking as she had sustained injuries in her private part as a result of the rape. The difficulty with which she worked made a female neighbour suspicious. Consequently, she called on the victim’s mother to check what was wrong with her child.
However, trouble started after the victim confessed to the mother that her uncle, Femi, took her from grandma’s house to the mosque where he had carnal knowledge of her. She further revealed that Femi had been having sex with her throughout her stay in his place.
Immediately, the mother reported the case to Gowon Divisional Police Station and the suspect was arrested.