A 40-year-old man identified as Gbenga Taiwo, has been arrested by officers of Lagos State Police Command after he allegedly used his fingers to conduct virginity tests on his 15-year-old daughter.The incident reportedly happened in the Baruwa, Ipaja area of the state, The Punch reports.
The widower, whose family claimed suffers from a mental illness, allegedly told the police that he was conducting virginity tests on the daughter.
Taiwo was said to have allegedly molested his daughter for the first time sometime in 2018, when she was 13 years old. It was learnt that the father had been constantly molesting the girl by dipping his fingers into her private parts in their rented apartment at Baruwa.
Folake was said to have reported his father to their landlord who warned Taiwo to desist from the act. But when he allegedly continued the girl report him to her uncle.
It was while the uncle was trying to handle the case discreetly, a neighbour got wind of it and escalated it.
The matter was reported at the Ipaja Police Station and Taiwo was arrested last Saturday. The Coordinator of a child rights group following up on the case, Advocates for Children and Vulnerable Persons Network, Mr Ebenezer Omejalile, said that Taiwo claimed to have suspected Folake of going out with men and decided to conduct “a virginity test” on her with his finger.
“The girl said she had been constantly abused by her father since she was 13. He is about 40 years old and a retired electricity worker. “Before the intervention of the girl’s maternal uncle, one Mr Alagba, the girl got tired of the wickedness of her father and informed their landlord who confronted the father to stop the evil act and he let him know the consequence of his action.