A 12-year-old house help from Imo State, simply identified as Benita, has told policemen that her uncle, one Chigozie Osuocha, had raped her five times in less than seven months she stayed in his house.
Benita was arrested by operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command while fleeing with his uncle’s two sons for sexually abusing her.
According to RRS, the girl, a primary school leaver, was intercepted at about 10pm on Thursday at Mile 2 after alighting from a commercial bus from Olodi Apapa and trying to board another bus to Maza Maza area of the state.
The police said she disclosed to them that her uncle, who brought her to Lagos to assist his wife domestically, had canal knowledge of her five times.
It was learnt, the suspect Mr Osuocha, 36, of 83, Muibi Street, Olodi -Apapa, was lured to RRS Headquarters in Alausa, Ikeja, through his telephone number provided by his six –year-old boy.
Narrating her ordeals, Benita said any time her uncle wanted to sexually abuse her, he would come home early, lock his three children out of his one room self-contained apartment and sleep with her.
She added that she was not comfortable with living in his house, and that all the things his uncle promised her parents before taking her from the village and the ones he promised her while sleeping with her were yet to be fulfilled.
She further revealed that she had to reveal the abuse to his uncle’s six year old son who had asked her what his father did to her each time he locked his three children out of the apartment.
“I confessed to the boy what was happening. The boy told his mother. His wife confronted me and I confirmed all that her husband had done to me. She threatened to pack out. But they resolved it after he promised it won’t happen again.
“I have been staying with his three children at home while they go about their businesses. He has refused to enrol me in school since July 2017,” she said.
She added that she had also reported all that the uncle did to her to his brother in Lagos who in turn reported to their father in the village.
“I took his two sons with me while I left the last child at home. They saw me packing my things out of the house, the children asked me where I was going and I told them I was returning to the village. They started crying that they were going to follow me. I took them along with me after taking the N60,000 he said I should give his wife.”
She added that when they got down in Mile 2, she did not know the policemen were monitoring her.
“One of them crossed the expressway and asked me some questions about the children with me. At a point, I told him I was running away to the village because my uncle was sleeping with me,” she said.
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