A 46-year-old incest suspect, Segun Oluwole, has narrated how he allegedly raped his 17-year-old daughter in one-room apartment beside siblings and wife in Ogun State.
During an interview with PUNCH, Oluwole revealed that the victim is a product from his first marriage, who started staying with him about two months ago.
Where is your first wife now?
My first wife, Dorcas is her name, or Azeezat, as my mother fondly called her. She is the girl’s mother; she is from Republic of Benin. I met her through her elder brother in Lagos. The elder brother was a private car driver, who was my close friend. So, I was able to meet her through her brother. She had come to work in Lagos for a little while at that time when I got attracted to her. Hence, we dated for a while and while we were working on making our relationship formal through marriage, she became pregnant.
Having impregnated her, I was forced to meet her people in the Republic of Benin and told them I was responsible for their daughter’s pregnancy. After meeting her parents, she came to stay at my mother’s place in Ifo, Ogun State, so that my mother could help take care of her and her pregnancy.
When and why did you separate from your first wife?
We separated in 2007 as a result of language differences, and ever since then, we had yet to set eyes on each other. I heard she has remarried to another man ever since and they are living together.
Did she leave your daughter with you while she was going away?
After the girl was born, my wife lived with my mother till the baby was six months old. Then, one day, she left with the baby. She went back to the Republic of Benin and dropped the baby with her mother and then went away with another man. I was later informed by her brother that she had dropped the baby with her mother in the Republic of Benin. But when I called her, she told me that the baby had died. I said I didn’t believe her, so, I travelled to the Republic of Benin to bring back my daughter. Since then, the girl had been partly staying in my place and my mother’s place.
You have been accused of raping your daughter. Did you really do it?
Yes, but it was the work of the devil.
How did it happen?
The incident happened five days ago. She had just returned from my mother’s place. It was late night when it happened. Although, we all – myself, wife, five children – live in a one-room apartment. Everyone was fast asleep when I suddenly woke up to commit the act.
What did you do?
I released on my daughter thigh. I did not penetrate; I don’t know what actually woke me up and led me to do such a thing; it is still mysterious to me.
What then happened?
My daughter then woke my wife up to report what I had done to her. Not long after that, she came in with men of the So-Safe Corps and I was taken to the police station.
What time did the incident happen?
The incident happened around past 11 that night. We returned from my shop that evening, had dinner and we all went to bed. I woke up not long after everyone had slept. I released on her.
How were you able to carry out the act without anyone else in the room waking up?
No one woke up because she didn’t shout. It was a non-penile intercourse, which didn’t make it hurt her to the extent that she would scream. She only woke up when I released on her laps. She woke up when she felt it on her laps and woke my wife to inform her about what had happened.
What do you mean by being under a spell?
Well, there’s a lot to say on this but I will just say the little I can let out. You know I told you from the beginning of this interview that my mother is an herbalist. If not for my father’s death, I wouldn’t have returned to my mother because my father didn’t want me to have anything to do with my mother because of her religious practice.
The girl had been with her for years, and I don’t know what must have transpired between them, till about two months ago when she suddenly called me that the girl would be coming to stay with me.
I could have run away after committing the crime that very night if it was an intentional act, but all I had in mind was to see my daughter and beg her for forgiveness. At least, it took about 20 minutes before she returned with men of the So-Safe Corps who took me to the station.