By: Patrick Ochoga, Benin City
A 66-years-man, Mr Ijezei Nibel, have been arrested by a Afuze Divisional Police Headquarters, Owan East Local Government Area of Edo, for sexually harrasing his 17 years-old step daughter.
The Divisional Police Officer, Mr A. Bamidele who confirmed the arrest said Nibel was arrested on Monday after the step daughter told the police about her predicament with her step father.
Bamidele said Nibel had instituted a case of abduction against two persons, Mr. Ohikhuare Victor and Friday Bello over the disappearance of his step daughter on Saturday Morning.
According to the statement, Nibel had woke up his step daughter around 4am to help him fetch water in the bathroom to have bath.
In obedience, she woke up from her sleep but disappeared from the house into the thin air without fetching the water.
After sometime, Nibel was said to have raised alarm when he got to the bathroom he could not find the water nor the girl in the house.
It was at this point he was said to have gone to the polic station and instituted the case against the duo or Victor and Bello.
His reason for suspecting the duo is that earlier on Saturday evening Victor paid a visit to Bello, his cousin, within the neighborhood and saw Victor and his step daughter exchange phone numbers.
There was however a twist to the case when with the help of local vigilante in the area, his step daughter was traced to her real father’s house at Ihievbe, same local government, on Monday.
It was at this point that the victim narrated her sexual ordeal with her step father for nine years now.
In her statement, she said she had told her mother who always said will not believe her until she catches her husband in the act.
She added that each time her step dad want to sexually exploit her, he would wake her up as early as 4:00am and request her to help him get bath water and the process of trying to put the water in the bathroom, her step dad will come and drag her to her room to sleep with her and thereafter threaten to kill her or not pay her school fees any longer if she tell anyone about it.
When asked if she knew Victor who was accused of abducting her, she said that they only met last Saturday within the vicinity of her house and they only exchanged phone numbers and promised to speak on phone some other time and nothing more.
When quizzed further as to her whereabout when she ran out of the house that Saturday morning, she said she ran to meet her biological father at Ihievbe, in the same local government area.
On his part, the victims father, Mr Murideen Osigbemhe, told journalists that he was shocked when his daughter ran to his house that Saturday morning and said that the step dad is at it again.
He added that the man, Nibel has been sleeping with his two daughters who are presently living with him for well over ten years.
He said about three months ago, his daughter (victim), ran to his house with the same complaint and he willingly took her in and told her that from then henceforth, she would now live with him.
Osigbemhe however said that on a certain day when he left home for work, Nibel stormed his house with some vigilante men and forcefully took his daughter away and dropped a message for him that he dare not come to his house in search of her or he would kill him that he is an ex-soldier.
While appealing for help, Osigbemhe told newsmen that the issue of sexual harassment of their daughters has been lingering on for a long time.
He said about two weeks ago, a case of sexual harassment of their daughters by the same Nibel was lodged at the Afuze Police Station but that the case did not see the light of the day,
The DPO said Nibel , his wife Christiana and the victim who is in the Centre of the episode would be transferred to headquarters, Edo State Police Command for further action after investigations are concluded.