By Ifeanyi Okolie
A 49-year-old football coach, Frank Darlington, who operates a popular football academy in Agege area of Lagos State, has told police that he was just having fun, when he was arrested for allegedly having anal sex with four of his players.
The suspect, who is at present cooling off in police custody, was arrested when one of his victims opened up to his parents, who invited police.
Vanguard gathered that Darlington, a native of Obowo, Imo State, normally threatened and lured the boys into the act with promises that he would help them advance their football career to clubs overseas.
He was accused of also threatening that they would die if they ever revealed their secret to anyone.
It was learned that the suspect regularly invited the boys to his house after school hours and then have rounds of anal sex with them.
One of the boys (names withheld) became uncomfortable with the act and stopped visiting the coach.
The suspect, who became angry over the boy’s action, was said to have gone to the boy’s school where he is also a football coach and threatened the boy with death.
At that point, the boy became apprehensive and revealed his ordeal to his parents, who reported the matter to the police.
When Vanguard interviewed the suspect at the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters Ikeja, he confessed that he was engaged in the act for fun.
He said: “I had no serious reason in doing what I did with the four boys. I was just having fun with those boys.
“ I threatened them with death because I did not want them to reveal my secret. It was not a serious threat.”
Asked if he was married, he said: “I am married with one child, but my wife does not stay with me.”