A 37-year-old guard, Wasiu Orilonise, has publicly confessed that he raped his 15-year-old daughter in order to authentic her virginity and protection. Orilonise who appeared in Oyo State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ibadan, however, appealed to the court to forgive him as he did that only to confirm if his daughter was still a virgin.
The prosecutor, Sunday Ogunremi, told the court that the accused had sometime in December 2018 at Omo village, Agbofieti, Ibadan, in the Ibadan Magisterial District, raped the daughter without her consent. Ogunremi said the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 34, sub-sections 1 and 2 of the Child Rights Law of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2006.
The plea of the accused was, however, not taken during the arraignment.
When the Chief Magistrate, Mr. Taiwo Olaniran, sought to know what pushed him into defiling his biological daughter, the accused said since he lost his wife a few years ago, he had been taking care of his daughter and her siblings. He told the court that he committed the act in order to protect his daughter.
Orilonise said the incident happened when he was trying to ascertain if the victim had lost her virginity, adding that upon discovering that she was still a virgin, he started having sex with her regularly before she would leave for school and at night.
The magistrate berated fathers who were fond of sexually abusing their daughters and other under- aged girls, saying they were allowing the devil to use them to destroy the society. He ordered that the accused be remanded in the Agodi Prison pending legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions and adjourned the case till July 30, 2019.