A married woman has been arrested for forcing her 12-year-old niece to get rid of a pregnancy her husband was responsible.
It was gathered that the girl identified only as Favour, was been rescued by the police in the Mafoluku, Oshodi area of Lagos State, after the aunt and her husband, Johnbull Dike, forced her to get rid of the pregnancy that was the result of being raped several times by th man.
While th girl has been put in the care of the police, Dike, a tricycle rider, is on the run while the police has launched a manhunt for him after the girl was rescued.
Dike’s wife and the nurse who was caught during the abortion at Sunmola Street, Mafoluku, are now being detained at the Akinpelu Police Division of the State Command, after they were arrested on Wednesday, May 4, following a to tip-off to a child rights’ group, Child Protection Network, which got the involved the police.
It was learnt that when Favour was discovered to be four months pregnant after she had been raped severally by Dike, Happiness, a mother of three, sent her to stay a friend in January, so as to hide the shame.
But the woman who could not take care of the pregnant girl, returned her to her aunt and her husband in April, and Happiness decided to take her to the nurse to abort the advancing pregnancy.
A worker with the Child Protection Network, Ebenezer Omejalile, said Favour did not inform her aunt about the rape, because the suspect had allegedly threatened to kill her if she did.
“The case was brought to my attention by a community development committee secretary in Oshodi, Mr. Mamora. The victim was raped and impregnated by her aunt’s husband.
I went to see the girl at the place where the aunt had taken her with the connivance of a nurse to abort the pregnancy. The girl underwent a scan before the abortion.
It was a failed process because she began to bleed at the nurse’s place. The police were informed on that Wednesday and the two women were arrested, while Johnbull fled.
The policemen took Favour to a proper hospital to get rid of the remaining foetus. As it is, the suspect is on the run because he knew that the girl is with the police.”
A female police officer who is in charge of the case, said:
“Our investigation shows that the nurse is a quack. She is not trained and she proceeded to do abortion for a 12-year-old girl. The suspect’s wife has a two-year-old son who is being treated for an infection. So, she has been granted bail.
She did not deny that they wanted to abort the pregnancy. The story they painted to the nurse was that the girl was raped by an unidentified hoodlum.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Dolapo Badmos, has confirmed the incident, adding that the police is on the trail of Dike.
“There is a case of defilement against Johnbull. His wife and the nurse have been arrested for aborting a pregnancy. The Commissioner of Police has ordered that the case be transferred to the Gender Unit of the command.
The suspect is on the run, but efforts are on to arrest him. Meanwhile, the wife and the nurse will both be charged to court.”