A 14-year-old girl has said her mother refused to believe her when she reported to her how her 58-year-old father raped her while she, the mother, was away from home in Lagos.
The girl said she had to run away from home and seek refuge in her friend’s home in order to save herself from the humiliation she faced from her mother consequent upon what she told her.
“It was in our house at Charismatic Road, Berger, Ikorodu that my father raped me. My mother was not around when the incident happened so when she came I confided in her so that she can take action.
But to my greatest dismay, my mother blamed me, scolded me and warned me seriously not to mention anything like that to anyone.
I really don’t know if she didn’t believe me or she was trying to protect my father. So I had to run away from the house, to where I felt safe,” she said at the Gender unit of the Lagos police command.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, who paraded the suspect before newsmen yesterday, said that the Gender Unit was still investigating the defilement allegation against the girl’s father, Johnson Okon, a security guard and commercial motorcycle operator of Charismatic Road, Abule, Berger, Ikorodu.
Edgal described as painful that a woman who claimed to be a mother would not believe her daughter when she reported an incident as serious as defilement to her. “The girl has been referred to Mirabel Centre for medical examination,” he added