A Lagos based businessman has been accused by his 15-year-old niece of raping her and getting her pregnant.
Though Kolajolu has denied raping the girl, claiming that she has been sexually active and had a boyfriend who is probably responsible for her pregnancy, the girl told the Coordinator of the Lagos State Domestic Violence and Sexual Response Team (DVSRT), Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, that her uncle has been sexually abusing her since 2013.
“The first time the incident happened, I was sleeping with my boyfriend. My uncle entered my room, sent my boyfriend out and raped me.
The second time, I was sleeping in my room with my younger sister. He opened the gate, covered my mouth and slept with me. Then, my mum was admitted in a hospital because she was ill.
Last June, I realised I had missed my period for the previous month but I didn’t know what caused it. It was after my mum took me to the hospital we were told I was three-month pregnant. I don’t know who is responsible; if it is my boyfriend or my uncle.
I intend to sit for my Junior School Certificate Examination (JSCE) next month. Since my father died last year, my uncle took everything he gave us. My mum was left with nothing to cater for the six of us,” the girl said.
The girl's mother, Mrs Yinka Kolajolu, said her daughter never told her what her uncle was doing to her, only getting to know after her husband’s death.
“It was when we moved to our new place that I realised that my daughter hasn’t seen her period and when I asked her, she said it seized that she didn’t know.
Although when we moved to the neighbourhood, she has been mingling with some boys so I thought one of them was responsible for the pregnancy. It was later she told me how my husband’s brother started sleeping with her. She said he threatened to injure her if she told anyone.
When I told him she is pregnant, he asked who was responsible and I said I didn’t know. He said he was okay with whatever I did. The reason I left my husband’s house was because his brother said he was going to kill me just the way he killed my husband.
When I didn’t know what to do, I went to meet his wife who also told me her husband tried to rape their first daughter.
We reported the matter to a mediation centre but he didn’t show up. We were now referred to Lagos State Domestic Violence and Sexual Response Team (DVSRT).”
Kolajolu’s wife, Ndidi, on her part, said she wasn’t surprised to hear what her husband did because he almost raped their first child last November.
"He came around 3am, removed our 14-year-old daughter’s underwear and touched her breast. It was when my daughter screamed that I woke up. We usually don’t put off our light to sleep but at that moment, it was off.
We all ran to the sitting room to see who came in. As our last child bent, she saw legs behind the curtain. When we removed the curtain, I saw my naked husband standing.
My daughter cried to the extent of raining curses on her father. When I told him I was going to report to the police station, he said it won’t take him five minutes to kill me.
Last December, he said myself and the children shouldn’t visit him again, that he has another woman who has given him a son. Since last December, I am just seeing my husband today. Even after he was summoned at the mediation centre, he didn’t respond."
But the man in the middle of the storm who is being detained at the Festac Police Station, denied raping the girl, adding that he does not know anything about the pregnancy.
“Even if my wife and I are at loggerheads, this isn’t the right way to solve it. I have never entered their room. Why will I sleep with my niece or my own daughter? Is it not shameful?” he asked.