Detectives in Lagos have arrested a 36-year-old man, Mr. Kennedy Michael, for allegedly impregnating his 16-year-old daughter and procuring abortion for her. Michael was also accused of once poking his finger into the private part of his neighbour’s 18-month-old baby girl.

The suspect was arrested after a neighbour, identified as Uche, whose child was violated, reported the matter, on discovering that Ijeoma Ndukwe, Michael’s lover, assisted in procuring abortion for his teenage daughter, Maria. A police source said: “Ijeoma is the man’s girlfriend, not wife.

When she discovered something was wrong with the girl, she told Michael. He suggested Ijeoma should take her to hospital. When they got to the hospital, it was discovered that the girl was pregnant. Ijeoma interviewed the girl and learnt it was her father who impregnated her. Ijeoma went home and confronted Michael. He confessed to her.

They both agreed to abort the pregnancy. One of their neighbours learnt about the abortion and alerted the appropriate authority. Ijeoma and Michael were arrested.” It was also learnt that Michael was arrested last Tuesday after the intervention of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Agency from Alausa.

Michael, who hails from Akwa Ibom State, residing at No. 5 Kode Street, Mende, Maryland, Lagos State, was alleged to have started sexually violating his daughter since 2014, when she was about 14 years old. Michael and Maria’s mum separated long ago.

After the separation, Maria’s father brought her to Lagos, to live with him. Residents alleged that Michael was fond of molesting children. One of the neighbours said that trouble started after Michael moved into the compound in 2003.

The neighbour alleged: “Michael ‘fingered’ (molested) a neighbour’s 18-monthold baby.” The child’s father, Uche said: “My wife wanted to bathe our child and discovered she had a tear inside her private part. Before then, it was only Michael that was with the baby inside his room.

“Upon confirmation from Mende Health Centre that our daughter had been violated, I contacted my lawyer. I also informed the police, so that he could be prosecuted. But the police swept the matter under the carpet.

They said there was no tangible evidence.” According to Uche, when he heard from Maria’s friends that her father impregnated her and procured abortion for her, with the help of his lover, he knew he wouldn’t allow Michael to escape once again.

He said: “When I moved into this compound, people told me to be wary of Michael because of his odd behaviour. It was after he violated my baby that I understood what they meant. His daughter told some of her friends that he impregnated her and aborted it. She said that her father threatened to deal with her if she tells anybody. “My lawyer brought some people from human rights agency.

They interviewed Maria separately. She said it happened. The girl also confessed that her father had sex with her last on July 8.” Another resident, who identified himself as caretaker of the compound, but refused to give his name, described Michael as a serial child molester.

He said that one of Michael’s brothers had also confirmed that he had such issue in the village before he moved to Lagos. The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Dolapo Badmos, did not respond to a text message on the issue at press time.

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