Adelakun Amubieya, a police inspector attached to the Agbado Police Station, Lagos State Police Command, has been nabbed.
The man was arrested for allegedly raping an undergraduate, Joy (not real name), in the Ipaja area of the state.
PUNCH Metro reports that the suspect and the victim lived in the same compound on Abesan Estate.
The cop and his wife were said to have promised to teach the teenager how to make money with an application on her phone.
The 18-year-old, who went to the couple’s apartment on November 15, reportedly met Amubieya alone.
The policeman allegedly forced her into the bedroom and raped her.
Joy told PUNCH Metro that all appeals to the suspect to let her go fell on deaf ears.
Narrating her ordeal, she said, “Sometime in October, I came downstairs to receive a call due to bad network and I overheard the policeman and his wife talking about something, but I didn’t pay attention.
“When I was done with the call, his wife said their discussion was about a betting site and all I needed to do was to drop my details and I would be receiving N2,000 every three days. They said I must be 18 to play. I told them that I would return on Friday, November 13, when I would have clocked 18.”
The victim said after she returned from church on the Sunday of that week, she went to the cop’s apartment.
“I sat on the edge of the chair next to the door, while he sat on the chair near his room. He said he just woke up from sleep and I should come back later.
“I was about leaving when he called me back and asked what the time was. I told him it was 1.42pm; he said his wife would be back by 3pm. That was when I knew his family was not around. I stood up to leave and he told me to hug him, but I declined; he hugged me forcefully and dragged me into the room. He told me to lie on the bed, but I refused. He pushed me to the bed and started kissing and fingering me.
“I struggled to get him off, but he held my legs and had sex with me. I begged him to stop, but he didn’t answer me. I could not shout because I was scared of what he could do to me. He is a policeman and may have a gun in the house. Besides, people were making a noise outside, so no one would hear me.
“I told him to get a condom so he could get off me and I could look for what to do, but he didn’t answer me,” she added.
The victims’ father, who demanded justice, said when he got to know about the rape, he challenged the suspect, but he denied it.
“He said that my daughter was lying against him. I took my daughter to a hospital and some tests were carried out. I also reported at the Ipaja Police Station. Policemen were sent to his apartment, but he was not around. His office was called as well, and when they could not produce him, I reported to a rights group and we went to Mirabel Centre where tests were conducted.
“After they waited for him to show up at the Ipaja Police Station and he didn’t, the case was transferred to the Gender Unit at Ikeja. The man didn’t show up till Monday after sending people to beg me. When I asked him why he raped my daughter, he said it was the devil’s work. I want justice because my daughter is traumatised,” he added.
PUNCH Metro obtained a voice note the suspect reportedly sent to the victim’s father, begging for forgiveness.
Speaking in Yoruba, he said, “Please, I beg you in the name of God, treat me like a prodigal son that has offended his father. I don’t have anything to say before God and man because I know how you treat me and my family; you’re like a daddy to me.
“I’m begging you in the name of God and the creator of my children, mum and late father. I’m like the breadwinner of my family; if you continue to pursue this case, you want to make my parents cry, and you don’t want me to achieve my aim in life because this is becoming more than what I bargained for.
“If I cannot continue again, it will be okay to take my life, but who will take care of my children? There’s nobody. Please daddy, I beg you in the name of God, with the blood of Jesus, have mercy on me, tell me the way forward. I could not eat or drink since it happened. I have tried my best to talk to God; even if I bring a lot of people to beg you, it cannot equate my sin before you.”
The Executive Director of Esther Child Rights Foundation, Esther Ogwu, urged parents to be vigilant.
“I also want to advise parents to tell their children to be careful of where they go; they should not enter into people’s houses anyhow because it is dangerous,” she added.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, promised to react after getting full details.
He had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.