By G9ija

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kogi Command, says it has arrested a 41-year old father after he raped his 16-year old daughter for three years between 2021 and 2023.

Ahmad Gandi, The Kogi State Commandant, who spoke after parading the suspect on Wednesday at NSCDC Command Headquarters, Lokoja, said the command received a complaint lodged by an NGO on May 5.

The complaint was earlier lodged on a case of defilement, rape and incest in respect of the suspect who is the biological father of the victim. The commandant said that the abusive act was carried on for three years from 2020 to 2023.

Gandi said that the younger sister to the victim advised her that they should either commit suicide or kill their father to free themselves from the abusive act.

The commandant said that the father had admitted committing the act, saying he would be charged to court after investigation.

Gandi commended the NGO for reporting the case to the command, while urging other victims in the society who were dying in silence to come out and report such cases.

NAN reports that newsmen were not allowed by the NSCDC to disclose the identity and names of both the victim and the suspect to avoid victim’s stigmatisation. The victim told newsmen that she had been sexually abused by her father since 2020 after her mother left home.

“It happened in 2020 when my mum left home and since then my Dad had been sexually abusing me. In 2021, my father impregnated me and took me to a clinic where they aborted the pregnancy I had for him,” the daughter said of how the father raped her for three years.

“I couldn’t leave the house because of my younger sister as I was afraid my father could do the same thing to my sister,” the victim said.