Police in Lagos State have arrested a 49-year-old football coach, Frank Darlington, for allegedly having carnal knowledge of his young players.
The Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, confirmed this on Monday while briefing newsmen on some of the command’s successes recorded within two weeks.
Owoseni said the coach allegedly lured the young players to his house under the guise of seeking their assistance in some house chores.
He said the suspect was arrested on Thursday in Agege area, when two among several of his victims reported their experience to their parents.
According to the suspect:
I always get fascinated to the boys whenever I remember my wife, because it is not easy staying alone without a woman.
I always make love to these boys through… their anus because whenever I feel sexual urge, I would lure them to assist me with some house chores.
It is not every time I sleep with some of the boys; sometimes I do romance them just to relieve myself of my feelings for my wife.
I don’t force the boys to make love with them, after I have pondered on my lifestyle I decided to put a stop to what I am doing.
I have been making love to some of these boys over a year now but during this period I have lost count of numbers of the boys.
One of the victims who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the coach had slept with him five times.
“The very first time he made love to me was when I went to assist him to fetch water.
I was about to leave his house when he ordered me to lie on his bed that we are about to do some exercise.
To my surprise, he asked me to undress; before I knew what was happening, he had climbed on me and then turned me around and made straight for my anus with his manhood.
After that incident, he threatened to kill me if I report to anybody about what transpired between us.
I joined the Super Warrior Football Club, Agege, Lagos, in February 2015 in order to be a great footballer, but after noticing the person of the coach, I stopped going for training,” he said.
Another victim told PUNCH that Darlington threatened him that he (victim) would die if he told anyone about the sodomy.
The 18-year-old said he was forced to tell his mother when Darlington made it a habit.
“He always had sex with me and with most of us. He started last year. The first time he approached me was after a training session. We were on the football pitch and he said my performance was bad and I should meet him at home for a discussion.
When I went, he and two boys were at home. His wife did not stay with him. He sent the two boys on an errand and asked me to come into his room. He then instructed me to remove my trousers, and he molested me.
He did not use any protection. He did not give me any money, but he threatened that I would die if I told anyone. I cannot count how many times he had done this to me. I told my mother when I was tired of his abuse. My mother reported him at the police station,” the victim said.
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