A Nigerian man, Francis Joseph has allegedly defiled his neighbor’s 12-year daughter, various Nigerian online media reported.
The incident happened in Lugbogi area of Ondo in Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo state Nigeria. It was reported that 43-year-old Joseph, a farmer who is married to four wives and has nine children warned the little girl after sleeping with her, not to tell anybody about the incident else she would die mysteriously.
A family member said the ungodly act was exposed after the teenage girl started bleeding in the middle of the night and was rushed to the hospital. She had long been hiding it because she was afraid of the man.
The insider said:
“The 12-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital, bleeding profusely from the private part having been defiled and sexually abused, she is still in the hospital till now. “Her parent reported the incident at the Enuowa police station but to the chagrin of all neighbors, Joseph had left his home before dawn before the arrival of the policemen”
She, however, said that Joseph was arrested at a park in Ondo town on Thursday while trying to board a bus to Lagos and was subsequently handed over to the police. However, Joseph denied the allegation of defiling the young girl. He said the people of the community conspired against him and implicated him for the crime. Joseph did not explain the reasons for running away from the community.
According to sources, the man’s family had been begging the victim’s family to settle the matter peacefully but the parents of the victim insisted in getting to the root of the matter. It was gathered that the State Ministry of Women affairs, has waded into the matter to ensure that the incident is not swept under the carpet and get justice for the victim who is currently hospitalized.
The incident was confirmed by the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Femi Joseph. He said the case had been transferred to the State police headquarters in Akure, the state capital, and that the command is investigating the case. The PPRO said the suspect would be charged at the completion of investigation.