A 58-year-old man from Agbura community, Yenagoa Local Government, Bayelsa State was on Thursday arrested by the police for allegedly impregnating his two daughters. The suspect, whose name was not disclosed, was also said to have attempted to ràpe his third daughter.
Our correspondent gathered that the arrest was initiated by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Women Affairs, Mrs. Pulu Zifawei. The matter reportedly got to the office of the special adviser after the suspect made several attempts to ràpe his younger daughter. The 14-year-old daughter, a student of the Community Secondary School, Agbura, was said to have reported the sèxual harassment by her father to the school counsellor during a guardian and counselling session. The school counsellor, who is also the victim’s class teacher, reported the case to the Ministry of Women Affairs which alerted the police. The suspect was arrested and detained at the Azikoro Police Station. A community source, Rowland Eview, told our
correspondent that investigations by the police revealed that the suspect had already impregnated two of his daughters. One of the daughters, 23, was said to have conceived twice for the father but mysteriously lost the babies at birth. The second pregnant daughter was said to have relocated
from the community out of shame. The 21-year-old son of the suspect, who declined to mention his name, said he became aware of his father’s
shameful acts at the age of 12. “Our mother had reported the matter to the members of the family. On that day, our father nearly beat my mother to
death. Each time the issue came up, my father would beat my mother,” he said. He said the father had also inflicted machete cuts on him and his elder brother for daring to challenge his actions. A senior police officer at the Azikoro Police Station confirmed to our correspondent that the suspect was in detention but said the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Alex Akhigbe, must be contacted for further details. But Akhigbe told our correspondent that he was in a meeting.