A source at the OPD told our correspondent that Ibukun was brought to the agency’s office at Ikorodu by the friend’s mother.
He explained that the agency took her to a shelter.
“We took the matter to the CP’s office and the Area N Commander was called, but he claimed not to be aware. At that point, the policeman handling the case was contacted and he was told that the CP was interested in the case and it should be transferred to the command,” the source said.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the victim had been taken to Mirabel Centre, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja for medical tests.
The results of the tests had yet to be released as of the time of filing this report.
When our correspondent contacted the victim’s aunt, Aminat, on the telephone, she was not reachable.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, confirmed the incident, adding that the suspect was in custody.
He denied the allegation that the police at the Ijede division attempted to shield the suspect from prosecution.
He said, “A girl aged 15 was sexually abused by her supposed guardian. The girl is a relation to the suspect’s wife. The suspect has been serially having intercourse with her, unknown to the relation. The girl got pregnant and the man took her to a medical doctor for an abortion. He, however, lied that he was her father and that he wanted the abortion to save her life because she was actually in a bad situation. So, the doctor, who ordinarily would not do the abortion, did it to save her life.
“He has made confessional statements to the police. But even without that, we have a prema facie case against him. It is a truism that he took the girl to a hospital. It is a truism he was the one who requested that abortion be carried out on her.
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“No Divisional Police Officer will ever try to bury a case of this magnitude. They all know the stance of the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi.”
He said the doctor’s statements of defence would be investiagted, adding that nobody had been exonerated yet.
The Director of the OPD, Mrs. Olubukola Salami, condemned the rape, saying the agency would follow the case to the end.
“OPD condemns the act of child abuse in its entirety and will continue to ensure that perpetrators are brought to book. We affirm our stand with the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, that there will be no room for offenders in the state,” she added.
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