An Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court has sentenced a 37-year-old commercial motorcyclist, Emmanuel Idoko, to 20 years in prison.
The court convicted him of sexually assaulting his 12-year-old daughter after inserting his finger into her vagina.
Justice Sybil Nwaka, while delivering judgment on the charge of sexual assault by penetration against Mr Emmanuel Idoko, said the prosecution provided ingredients necessary to prove its case.
The judge said: “The defendant is found guilty of the charge of sexual assault by penetration contrary to Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
“He is hereby sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.”
The prosecution, led by Babajide Boye, had told the court that Mr Idoko committed the offence between July and November 2017 at his residence in Oworoshoki, Lagos.
“He sexually assaulted his 12-year-old daughter (name withheld) by penetrating her vagina using his finger,” Mr Boye said.
During the trial, four witnesses testified for the prosecution while Idoko testified solely in his defence.
Testifying for the prosecution on March 5, 2019, Oyedeji Alagbe, a medical doctor and a consultant with the Mirabel Centre (a sexual assault referral centre), narrated what the complainant revealed to him when he examined her.
Mr Alagbe said: “The client declared in her history that her father, though not married to her mother, had her and her male sibling living with him.
“The victim’s ordeal started in 2016, a year before they referred her to the Mirabel Centre.
“The victim said her father came home and said that he heard from people that she lost her virginity and he needed to test her to find out the truth himself.
“He forced her to undress and said he will use his finger to test her, the client was reluctant. He scolded her and eventually did it with his fingers.
“Mr Idoko also said that he would use his penis to examine her. She refused. So, he beat her. Subsequently, he started torturing her in the home because she kept turning down his requests.”
Mr Idoko, who testified on November 21, 2019, denied seeing his daughter’s nakedness and inserting his fingers into her private part to test her virginity.
“My daughter is following bad friends, my neighbours said all sorts of things about her. I initially did not believe it until I saw it myself.
“On November 21, 2017, I saw my daughter with some boys while her brother was in the house watching television.
“When I called her name, the boys ran away. So, I asked her to show me her boyfriend.
“When I tried to beat her, she fought me like those friends of hers who beat up their parents. I beat her that day for that reason,” he said.
However, the prosecution team confronted him with a police statement in which he admitted seeing his daughter’s nakedness
So, Mr Idoko said her clothes fell off when she struggled with him in his attempt to discipline her.
“I did not tear her clothes. I do not understand my statement. Something happened to me. I almost fainted when I wrote the statement, ” he said.