A 37-year-old man, Wasiu Orilonise, has confessed before an Oyo State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ibadan of raping his 15-year-old daughter but said he did it to confirm her virginity and protect her, pleading with the court not to punish him.
Orilonise, a guard, was arraigned on one count of having unlawful carnal knowledge of his daughter.
The prosecutor, Mr Sunday Ogunremi, told the court that the accused had sometime in December 2018 at Omo village, Agbofieti, Ibadan, in the Ibadan Magisterial District, raped the victim without her consent, saying the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 34, sub-sections 1 and 2 of the Child Rights Law of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2006.
The plea of the accused was, however, not taken during the arraignment.
But the Chief Magistrate, Mr Taiwo Olaniran, sought to know what pushed him into defiling his biological daughter.
Orilonise said since he lost his wife a few years ago, he had been taking care of the victim and her siblings, claiming he committed the act in order to protect his daughter.
According to him, the incident happened when he was trying to confirm if the victim had lost her virginity.
He then shockingly added that after he discovered that she was still a virgin, he started having sex with her regularly before she would leave for school and at night.
The magistrate ordered that the accused be remanded in the Agodi Prison pending legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions and adjourned the case till July 30, 2019.