Incest is the crime of having sexual intercourse with a parent, child, sibling, or grandchild. Research indicates that 46 percent (46%) of children who are raped are victims of family members. (Langan and Harlow, 1994.)
It is a global menance, In Nigeria, there are several bodies which have been put in place to probe and punish sexual offenders. Even with this, the number sexual related offences seem to be increasing at an alarming rate on a daily basis.
In light if this, the Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday is currently prosecuting a man identified as a Yesiru Onajobi, who is a 53 year old farmer. He is being prosecuted by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other Related Matters for allegedly raping his teenage daughter.
The accused is a resident of Bogije Street, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, and is currently standing trial on a two-count of unlawful carnal knowledge of his teenage daughter. Although, he had pleaded not guilty to the charges, he has been remanded by Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke at the Ikoyi Prisons pending determination of his bail application.
The prosecution had told the court that after the death of his wife, the accused sexually assaulted his only daughter several times. Also, it was revealed that the accused intimidated and repeatedly had forceful carnal knowledge of his daughter, who eventually became pregnant for him.
The case has adjourned till the 19th of January, 2017. He faces charges of incest and rape.
The issue of teenage safety can never be overemphasised. Parents should be extremely careful of the kind of people they have around their daughters. Any family member, neighbour, classmate etc who is suspiciously over friendly to your female child should be observed. Also, if your daughter withdraws when a particular male visitor comes around, investigate the matter properly.
Lastly, never leave your female or male child with a male person, no matter the relationship between them. It might be your uncle, brother, cousin or a distant relative. Do not trust people too much as you can never totally know a person. Due to the several cases of incest we have today, protect your daughters and sons as well.