Three men, Kingsley Oke, Henry Osadere and Francis Ekwe were on Thursday arrested for allegedly raping and impregnating a 14-year-old girl in the Agric, Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
The suspects resided in the same area, Majidun, Ikorodu, with the parents of the teenager.
It was gathered that the trio raped their victim, a primary 6 pupil, sometime in August 2016, after the mother went for a vigil.
Few weeks later, the victim’s mother discovered she was pregnant and subsequently reported the matter at the Owutu Police Division.
The police swooped into action and arrested the suspects.
The victim, narrating her ordeal, told the Punch that she was threatened by the rapists.
According to her, “It was Uncle Kingsley (Oke) who first raped me. On that evening, he called me and said he would send me on an errand. When I went to his room, he immediately locked the door. I started begging him, but he forcefully carried me to his bed and raped me.
“On the second occasion, it was one man called Baba Ijebu that molested me. I had been sent to his house to collect an item.
“While in his house, he raped me. I cried, but he said I would die if I told anyone. The third man was Henry (Osadere). I don’t want to talk about it again,” she sobbed.
On their parts, the suspects denied raping the teenager.
Ekwe, 52, said the minor and her mother had begged him in August to borrow them some money, which he did, adding that he did not rape the girl.
Osadere, 43, said, “She came to my place and said she had many boyfriends. I asked how a teenager like her had several boyfriends. Anytime she came to my apartment, she would steal some items. That was why I sent her away. I was surprised that she said I was one of those who raped her.
“She said she had a three-month-old pregnancy. I don’t know the other suspects.
“The girl lied against me. She knows the people who messed around with her. It was because I stopped her from coming to my house that she lied against me.”
Oke, 30, a welder, said, “I have known the girl since 2014. She usually came to my house to play. She is a wayward girl. Everyone knows about her promiscuity. I never raped her,” Oke added.
The state Commissioner of Police, CP, Fatai Owoseni, said the suspects would be charged to court at the end of investigations and would be made to face the wrath of the law, if found guilty.