A 20-year-old girl (name withheld) on Thursday told an Ikeja Special Offences Court how her biological father, Akin Isaac, allegedly impregnated her and aborted the pregnancy.
The victim, being led in evidence by State Prosecutor, Mr Y. A. Alebiosu, testified that prior to living with her father, she was staying with her grandmother and that her father defiled her at age 17 during the COVID 19 lockdown in the year 2020 at their residence in Alapere, Lagos.
She narrated that her father had asked her to come and live with him in 2019 so she could go to secondary school and to enable him to take proper care of her.
The witness said her father who had two wives, began touching her body in a suggestive manner.
“I was scared, so I begged him to leave me but he went to buy a cane, put it on the table and later beat me with it in order to have sex with me.
“He threatened to kill me if she I tell anyone. I was 17 years old at that time. I was in JSS 3 and I am the kind of person that used to sing but I changed suddenly.
“I begged him one morning that I do not want my life to spoil but he ignored my plea and had sex with me again. When he did it again, I did not go out,” she said.
The survivor further told the court that her father stopped her from attending her church.
“I used to go to C&S church. He stopped me from going to church but the pastor came to beg him to let me attend church.
“The second Sunday, I went to church but he stopped me again and said I should be attending Redeem church and I told him I do not want to go there.
“My father seized my phone, broke the SIM so that I could no longer communicate with my 27-year old half-brother whom I usually confided in.
“He also used GOTV iron to beat me and some neighbours even said I should come and live with them while others are afraid of him because he is an OPC man,” the survivor said.
She told the court that after she missed her period and found out she was pregnant, her father tried to abort the pregnancy by giving her drugs and injections but to no avail.
“I received 15 injections for abortion. He bought medicine, the drug was not working. A nurse asked me who got me pregnant but I could not tell her it was my father.
“He later took me to a place where there was no light and the pregnancy was terminated,” she said.
The witness further told the court that her father also tried to have sex with her again while she was sleeping in July 2020, after the abortion but she objected, leading to the intervention of the neighbours.
“That night, he came and started beating me and when neighbours intervened he told them that I am his daughter and he can choose to do whatever he likes with me, even saying that if he wishes he could kill me because I am his daughter,” she said.
Another prosecution witness, Mrs Modupe Aladelusi, a social worker with the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, who handles cases related to violence, abuse and neglect of children, told the court that she received a call on June 17, 2020, on the agency’s hotline.
She said she received a call from a man who said, the girl said she would commit suicide, that she did not have anywhere to go.
The social worker said she went to a police station and a policewoman accompanied her to the girl’s house.
She added that the survivor was later taken to the police station where her statement was taken, and while at the station, her father came and was arrested.
“When we got to the office, she said her father has once impregnated her and took her somewhere to abort it,” the social worker told the court.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo adjourned the case until April 13 for the continuation of the trial.