A 17-year-old girl recounted how her father repeatedly assaulted her and promised to transport her to Malaysia.
Her father allegedly enticed her to a hotel in September 2020, according to the victim. The father had sexual intercourse with her there, she claimed, and promised to take her to Malaysia.
Following the plea of police prosecutor Sodiq Adeniyi, an Ekiti Magistrates’ Court in Ado Ekiti ordered that the father, Emmanuel Bejide, 40, be held in jail custody for raping the teenager.
Mr Bejide was suspected of raping his daughter, an SSS3 student, at Ikere Ekiti between September 2020 and July 2021, according to police.
The offence, according to the accusation, violated section 31 of Ekiti’s Child Right Laws.
Nigeria passed the Child Rights Act in 2003 to domesticate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Children’s Rights Act of 2003 extends to children the human rights guaranteed by Nigeria’s 1999 constitution. Despite the fact that this law was enacted at the federal level, it will only be effective if it is likewise codified by state legislatures. The law was first submitted in 2002, but due to objections from the Supreme Council for Shari’a, it failed to pass. Former President Chief Olusegun Obansanjo signed the Children’s Rights Act 2003 into law in 2003, in part due to media pressure from national stakeholder and international organizations.
The defendant was arrested on August 21, 2021, when the alleged rape was reported, according to the investigating police officer.
Meanwhile, the matter has been postponed until September 16, when it will be heard again.