A 12-year-old girl, identified only as Favour, has been rescued by the police in the Mafoluku, Oshodi area of Lagos State, where her aunt and the husband allegedly took her to get rid of a pregnancy, Punch reports.
Favour had been allegedly raped several times by her aunt’s husband, identified as Johnbull Dike, a tricycle rider, before she conceived.
A manhunt was launched for Johnbull, who fled the area after the police rescued Favour, as his wife and the nurse who was caught during the abortion had been arrested by the Akinpelu Police Division.
It was learnt that some residents gave a tip-off to a child rights’ group, Child Protection Network, which involved the police.
It was said that Johnbull, a father of three, and Happiness, however, found out that Favour was pregnant in February, after which they bundled her to stay with their trader friend in Mafoluku, to hide the evil deed. However, the woman was said to have returned Favour to the couple in April, saying she could not afford to take care of her.
Johnbull and Happiness subsequently took Favour to the nurse to get rid of the pregnancy. The matter was also reported to the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team in Alausa.
A worker with the Child Protection Network in the area Ebenezer Omejalile, said Favour did not inform her aunt about the rape, because the suspect had allegedly threatened to kill her if she did.