Court remands man for allegedly raping, impregnating stepdaughter twice

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Court remands man for allegedly raping impregnating stepdaughter twice
Court remands man for allegedly raping impregnating stepdaughter twice

Adewumi Ajayi, 42, was detained and taken to court by the police at the Adeniji Adele Division of Lagos Island after being accused of engaging in illicit sexual activity with his stepdaughter, 17, which led to two pregnancies.

Shade Ajayi, Ajayi’s 32-year-old wife and the mother of the girl who was sexually assaulted was also charged with helping to induce abortion.

The defendants reportedly committed the felony in their home at 52, Fagbayi Street, Ebute-Metta, Lagos, according to police allegations.

When the girl told her instructor about the event and how her stepfather planned to kill her through sex, pregnancy, and abortions, the police further claimed that the secret of the abhorrent deed became public knowledge.

After she made her admission, her instructor accompanied her to the police station to report the incident, which resulted in the randy guy and his wife being apprehended.

The victim allegedly said, “My mother dragged me along to marry my stepfather after she left my father,” when recounting her ordeals to the police. Since then, my stepfather has been having intercourse with me without my will, leading to a pregnancy, which my mother helped me end.

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And in 2022, after a scan indicated that I was carrying twins, my stepfather again forced me to have the twins removed. My mother begged me to keep the news to herself so as not to have my reputation tarnished.

“I later discovered that whenever my father wanted to interact sexually with me, he would prepare tea and add falling asleep drugs to make everybody stay asleep. When I eventually managed to wake up, I found him on top of me and he would beg me not to wake everyone up.

“Since my mother was unable to protect me and because I’m sick of being pregnant and having abortions, I decided to tell my instructor about the incident.

Following the event, the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in charge of the Adeniji Adele Division, Lagos Island, ordered his men, under the leadership of Inspector Aderinto Foluke, to arrest the Man and his Wife. She found them and took them into custody.

Whereas the man was charged in the Tinubu Magistrate’s Court on a two-count charge in the charge marked TC/58/2021 bordering on having unlawful canal knowledge of a 17-year-old stepdaughter, his wife was charged in the same Court on a two-count in the charge marked TC/18/2022 for procuring an abortion for her daughter.

The violation was committed by the husband and wife at 52, Fagbayi Street, Ebute-Metta, Lagos, according to Police Prosecuting Attorney Inspector Koti Aondohemba.

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While the husband was detained for sexually assaulting her stepdaughter and inducing two pregnancies, Aondohemba told the court that the wife was detained for covering up the incident and helping to induce abortions.

According to sections 137, 264, and 145, 147(1) of the Lagos State Criminal Law 2015, the offenses the defendants committed were punished.

The man’s plea was not accepted, and Magistrate A.T. Omoyele ordered the police to copy his case file and send it to the Directorate of Public Prosecution, DPP, for legal counsel on the matter. The judge also ordered that the defendant be held at the Ikoyi correctional facility while awaiting the DPP’s guidance.

Shade was given bail in the amount of N200,000 with two sureties in the same amount, and the matter was continued to January 11 for mention by Omoyele.

Until the bail terms were satisfied, she further ordered that the defendant be held at the Kirikiri detention facility.

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