The police have arrested a nurse and woman caught red-handed while aborting a 12-year-old girl's pregnancy. The girl identified as Favour was later rescued by the police in the Mafoluku, Oshodi area of Lagos State, where her aunt and the husband allegedly took her to get rid of a pregnancy.
It was gathered that Favour had been allegedly r*ped several times by her aunt’s husband, identified as Johnbull Dike, before she conceived.
In order to cover up, the man and wife had planned for a nurse to help them remove the pregnancy before they were caught by the police.
Johnbull, a tricycle rider, has fled the area after the police rescued the girl. It was gathered that Johnbull's wife and the nurse who was caught during the abortion had been arrested by the Akinpelu Police Division.
It was learnt that residents of the area had tipped a child rights’ group, Child Protection Network, which involved the police after learning 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 revealed 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.
In a desperate bid to cover up, the couple took the girl to a nurse for abortion. But, residents who have been following the incident reported the matter to a rights group who in turn involved the police.
Speaking on the matter, a worker at Child Protection Network, Ebenezer Omejalile, said Favour 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.”
On her part, Happiness revealed that her husband has disappeared since the matter became public. She said, “He has not called me since that day. His phone numbers are also switched off.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident, adding that the police were on the trail of Dike.
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