The case involving a middle-aged man who was arrested for allegedly raping, impregnating and aborting the pregnancy of his stepdaughter, in his Lagos residence, have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID.
Igbere TV had exclusively reported how Mr. Owen Akpan of Sadiku Street, Berger Suya Olodi, Apapa, in Lagos State, began abusing his teenage stepdaughter at age 9. The girl is now 21, and just completed her senior secondary school education.
Mr. Akpan, from Akwa Ibom, was arrested on Saturday, October 3 following a report and intervention of a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), the Women of Inestimable Values, who rescued the victim at the verge of committing suicide.
Although there were alleged moves and intense pressure on the police by ‘interested parties’ who colluded with the victim’s mother to strike out the matter, the move was however resisted by the NGO.
On Tuesday, the Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Police Command, SP Olamuyiwa Adejobi, said the case has been transferred to the SCID, Panti, in Yaba, on the orders of the police commissioner.
In a chat with our correspondent, Adejobi said the man who was being remanded at the Trinity police station, Apapa until now, would be charged to court on Wednesday(today).
“The CP(Commissioner of Police) has ordered the matter be moved to Panti(SCID),” the police spokesman, SP Adejobi said.
“He will be charged to court tomorrow(Wednesday). The CP has ordered for that”, he added.
An impeccable source had earlier raised the alarm that the victim’s mother, Mrs. Akpan was trying to cover up the matter in order to let the perpetrator-husband go scot-free.
A spokesperson for the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) handling the case, The Women of Inestimable Values, however insisted that nothing would stop the NGO from pursuing the matter until justice is served.
The perpetrator had earlier made confessional statement to the police authorities and Igbere TV, following his arrest on Saturday. He admitted to the crime and collaborated his stepdaughter’s claims.
Akpan, who never denied sleeping with his stepdaughter, also revealed how he assisted the victim in carrying out abortions which he admitted were products of his sexual escapades with the stepdaughter.