Wasiu Orilonise, a 37-year-old security guard, has confessed to defiling his 15-year-old daughter after being arraigned before Oyo State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ibadan.
The suspect was arraigned on one-count of having unlawful carnal knowledge of his daughter with Charge No. Mi/271c/2019.
He, however, begged the court for forgiveness as he claimed to have committed the said offence because he wanted to test the virginity of his daughter to protect her.
The prosecutor, Mr. Sunday Ogunremi, told the court that the accused, in December 2018, at Omo Village, Agbofieti, Ibadan, in the Ibadan magisterial district, did rape one Orilonise Adenike.
Ogunremi said the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 34, Subsections 1 and 2 of the Child Rights Law of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2006.
No plea was, however, taken during the arraignment.
However, when the Chief Magistrate, Mr Taiwo Olaniran, sought to know from the accused what could have pushed him into defiling his biological daughter, Orilonise said that since he lost his wife a few years ago, he had been taking care of Adenike and others siblings.
He further told the court that he committed the act in an attempt to protect his daughter and check if she had lost her virginity.
“The incident happened as I was trying to ascertain if Adenike had lost her virginity,” he said.
Upon discovering that she was still intact, he started having sex regularly with her both in the morning before she leaves for school and at night.
The magistrate criticised fathers who were fond of sexually abusing their daughters and other under-aged girls.
He thereafter ordered that the accused be remanded in Agodi Prison pending legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and adjourned the case till July 30, 2019.