A man, simply identified as Nathaniel, has been arrested by the Ikotun Police Division of the Lagos Police Command, for allegedly drugging and raping his 14-year-old domestic staff.
PUNCH reports that the suspect lured the victim with a cup of juice containing a sedative last Monday at their apartment on Ajisegiri Street, in the Egbe area of the state.
He allegedly raped the victim, an orphan who was reportedly brought from her village in South East Nigeria to work in Nathaniel’s house.
It was said that when she woke up, she found that she was naked. She also reportedly found semen around her private parts.
On noticing this, the victim fled the house and dropped a letter for Nathaniel’s wife.
The letter read:
Dear Aunty, I want to go. I am suffering here. See what your husband has been doing to me. The last time that he did it, he gave me a drink and I did not know that he purposely gave me that drink so that I could fall asleep.
It was when I woke up that I now found myself naked. I now saw (semen) on my laps. This is what he was doing to me the other time that I told you that I wanted to go. I do not want to cause trouble for you. Please, call my brother to come and take me away. I want to go and I do not want to stay here again.
The victim also reported the case to their neighbour, a Pastor in the area, who reported the case at Child Protection Network (CPN).
According to a source in the CPN:
The man is over 40 years old. He employed the victim as a domestic help.
He had been sexually abusing the 14-year-old victim. On that Monday, he drugged her with juice. That day was a public holiday. When she slept off, he raped her.
She ran away from the house, because she did not want trouble for the man’s wife. Nathaniel has been arrested by the police. The Family Support Unit of the police is handling the matter.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the suspect’s arrest saying: “The state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, has directed that the case be charged to court.”
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