Forty-seven-year-old Rashidi, living in Sango-Ota, Ogun State has been arrested for sleeping with his four daughters.
The incestuous affairs were blown open after a crack team of police detectives from Sango-Ota Area Command, Ogun State, went undercover to investigate the crime.
Although the illegal affairs had been going on for years, daughters, father and mother had preferred to let it remain within the family circle.
The police team was determined to rescue the girls. They decided to go after one of the girls. They pretended to be preachers, speaking about God and salvation. They went to the place where one of the girls works and preached to her and then prayed for her.“They then tactfully delved into issues that had to do with incest.
They gently asked her more questions about incest and whether she was experiencing it. It was at that point she opened up.
The following day, the police team returned to her work place in their uniforms. They introduced themselves as police. They had to pet her before she agreed to follow them to make statement. After her statement, the police went to the house and arrested the father.
The father, right then and there, denied the allegation. When the mother got to the station, she admitted knowing about it. The three other daughters also confessed that their father had being having sex with them. Police carried out preliminary investigations and discovered that Rashidi used to have s*x in his room with his daughters, while his wife is fast asleep or when the wife is not around.
He also used to have sex with them outside the house.“When police asked the daughters why they didn’t react against their dad, they said they too were under a spell. They said once he tells them to undress, they would simply obey. Whenever their mother catches them, she would shout on her husband. But the woman has a medical condition, which if she shouts too much, could lead to her losing consciousness, for about three days.”
One would have expected the daughters to have fought the s*xual onslaught from their dad, especially since two are adults, but they didn’t. They said: “Our father is sick. He doesn’t know what he is doing. We know what is wrong with him. We just need money to make him well. To arrest him and take him to court for the whole world to see and read about him and us is not the solution. We need spiritual help, not publicity.”
The first of the girls is 26 years old, second is 23, third is 19 and the last is 14. It was gathered that when Rashidi was arrested and presented with his alleged crime, he had vehemently denied it. On Tuesday, however, he confessed. ‘Yes, I have been having sexual intercourse with my four daughters. Something used to come upon me and take control of me. I’ll lose my senses and about two or three hours after having intercourse with any of my daughters, I will come back to my senses. This had been going on for years. I even married a second wife and visited a herbalist in order to check this malady, but all efforts failed. But it’s not every day I have sex with them. It is whenever that evil spirit comes upon me.”
Investigators had earlier discovered that the last sexual intercourse with his third and fourth daughters occurred on May 11, 12 and 13.
Speaking amidst tears, Rashidi said that he had been hearing voices in the past 13 years. The voices used to order him around. It was also discovered that Rashidi had attempted suicide several times, but often saved in the nick of time. His last attempt was mixture of chemicals, which he wanted to drink, but he was caught. He cried: “I just want to take the chemicals and die. I even took a second wife because I thought it would check my sexual predilection towards my daughters, but it didn’t work. I still continue to leave my second wife’s house to my first, to have s*x with my daughters.”
Rashidi is said to be the breadwinner of his family, daughters, wives and aged father. The father, who is about 90 years old, was said to have rushed down to Lagos after hearing that his son had been arrested. Since the old man got to Lagos to hear the story, he had been stooling nonstop.
One of his daughters had already made efforts to seek for solution. She had gone to Christian and Muslim clerics. She has also visited a herbalist. The verdict had always remained the same, unchanged. Asked what the verdict was, she said: “They all said that my father is under a curse. The curse was placed on him by a woman, who he had offended. They all said that a spiritual work needed to be carried out.