It was gathered that the little girl had been allegedly raped several times by her aunt’s husband, identified as Johnbull Dike, before she conceived.
Dike’s wife and the nurse who was caught during the abortion had been arrested by the Akinpelu Police Division while a manhunt was launched for Johnbull, a tricycle rider, who fled the area after the police rescued the girl.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the girl was allegedly taken to a quack nurse on Sunmola Street, Mafoluku, on Wednesday, May 4 and some residents gave a tip-off to a child rights’ group, Child Protection Network, which involved the police.
A reliable source further squealed that Favour, who was discovered to be four months pregnant, had been allegedly raped on several occasions by the suspect in January 2016.
It was said that Johnbull, a father of three, and Happiness, however, found out that Favour was pregnant in February, after which they bundled her to stay with their trader friend in Mafoluku, to hide the evil deed.
However, the woman was said to have returned Favour to the couple in April, saying she could not afford to take care of her. After that Johnbull and Happiness, who lived on Brown Street, subsequently took Favour to the nurse to get rid of the pregnancy.
The police also reported to the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team in Alausa, and a worker with the Child Protection Network, Ebenezer Omejalile, confirmed that Favour was indeed pregnant but she did not inform her aunt about the rape, because the suspect had allegedly threatened to kill her if she did.
He said, “The case was brought to my attention by a community development committee secretary in Oshodi, Mr. Mamora. The victim was raped and impregnated by her aunt’s husband.
“I went to see the girl at the place where the aunt had taken her with the connivance of a nurse to abort the pregnancy. The girl underwent a scan before the abortion. It was a failed process because she began to bleed at the nurse’s place. The police were informed on that Wednesday and the two women were arrested, while Johnbull fled.
“The policemen took Favour to a proper hospital to get rid of the remaining foetus. As it is, the suspect is on the run because he knew that the girl is with the police.”
Meanwhile, Happiness had been granted bail because her last child had an infection and needed her attention.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident, adding that the police were on the trail of Dike.