A 49-year-old man, Amoda Bola, who was arrested by the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly raping his 14-year-old daughter, told DAUD OLATUNJIA about the case
What kind of work do you do?
I work as a dry cleaner in Ishara. I live in the Ishara area of Remo-North.
How many children do you have?
I have five children.
What is the position of the person who accused you of raping and impregnating her?
She is my fourth child.
Does her mother stay with you?
I divorced her mother after she gave birth to the girl (victim). She is married to another man in Ilorin. I currently have no wife. But I used to have a girlfriend.
How did you manage to raise the girl after you divorced your wife and she left you?
The girl was kept in the care of her maternal grandmother. I sponsored her education for a while before the grandmother prevented me from seeing my child at her school. She started staying with me three years ago. She decided to live with me when she came to visit her mother’s sister on vacation. I told her not to go back to her grandmother because she told me that her grandmother had not paid her school fees. Then I enrolled her in a school and she stayed.
Did you find your daughter sexually attractive to you?
She was not attractive to me. It is forbidden to be attracted to your daughter.
Your daughter claimed that you raped her and also invited some men to rape her as well. What can you say about it?
I have not invited men to have intercourse with my child. I didn’t know those men yet. I didn’t meet them until everything was exposed. They never set foot in my house. They had intercourse with her in their various homes; not in my house.
Is it true that you slept with her?
How many times have you slept with her?
I had intercourse with her four times. Twice last year and twice this year.
What prompted you to do that?
I still can’t believe I did something like that. It still feels like I’m watching a movie. I never did anything to her older children.
Who did you deflower her?
I didn’t deflower her. She was not a virgin when it happened.
So, how did it happen?
It happened when I came back from work. She was home alone with me. So I told her to bring my food. I didn’t know when I grabbed her and had intercourse with her.
What has she done?
She didn’t want to fight me. She cried afterwards and asked why I did that to her. Then I begged her to forgive me. It grieves me that I have committed such a great sin. A month later it happened for the second time. I mean, I had intercourse with her the second time, with no protest from her.
The third occurrence took place in July of this year (2022). I told her to wait for me in my room after getting water to take a shower. But later I changed my mind. I didn’t get into her room. She came to ask why I was hesitant to enter. Afterwards, something in me asked why I was wasting time, so I went in with her and it happened again.
Where were your other children when you committed the act?
They were unaware. It happened while they were in the store. We don’t share the same room.
How old is her pregnancy?
I don’t know. I didn’t even know she was pregnant. I was informed after my arrest.
Do you realize that what you did is taboo in Yoruba culture?
I know, and I regret it. It’s a terrible thing to do. It’s still a mystery to me.
Are you sure she’s your biological daughter?
She is my daughter. I am her father. Although she didn’t live with me from the beginning, she came back to me three years ago when she was 11 years old. Before then she lived with her maternal grandmother.
You said you had a girlfriend. Where is she?
I used to have a girlfriend, but the relationship ended in July when my daughter told her I didn’t like her. I told my girlfriend everything when she confronted me and she stopped communicating with me.
You also said that your daughter was not a virgin and that some men slept with her on several occasions. Has she ever had an abortion?
Yes. Five months ago I took her to the hospital where a pregnancy was terminated. The pregnancy was a month old when I found out she was pregnant. So I asked if she wanted to keep or terminate the pregnancy so she could continue her education and she suggested an abortion. I paid for the abortion. The doctor demanded N13,000, but I paid N10,000.
How would you describe your daughter’s character?
She is gentle but stubborn. She is also well exposed.
What do you mean by saying she was exposed?
She’s been exposed. Even her mother can attest to it. Her mother had told me to treat her with an iron fist if she had to live with me because she is stubborn.
Did you know your daughter had a boyfriend?
I was not informed until after the arrest. But her siblings did complain that she took the time to return home when she had to run errands. I always warned her when I got the report on her waywardness. But I was always careful not to hurt her, as she was the only daughter on her mother’s side.
Why didn’t you let the man who got her pregnant take responsibility for his action?
I couldn’t marry her off because she was still a student and I wanted her to get an education. That’s why I chose an abortion.
How did you feel when you heard that some men had carnal knowledge of your daughter?
I always thought it was terrible. Whenever I was given such information, I proceeded to warn them never to get intimate with my daughter again. I only warned them because I believe in forgiveness.
You said what happened was a mystery to you. Have you sought help?
Yes, I sought help from a herbalist and he told me it was a spiritual issue. He told me to make a sacrifice, which I did. I made the sacrifice just the Sunday before my arrest.