12-yr-old Jennifer allegedly endured consistent sexual harassment in the hands of 40-yr-old Paul Onobluduakpo, a married dry cleaner and neighbor in Shasha area of Akowonjo, Lagos, Punchng reports.
He allegedly insisted on sleeping with the girl, until the harassment became unbearable for her. “Sometimes, he would hit me in the bottom, and I would slap his hand away. He would call me ‘my wife, my wife’ and I told him I would tell his wife.
He always did that when my mother or his wife was not around,” Jennifer revealed. The latest events happened after Jennifer, a year one secondary school pupil, started holiday and was at home with her 10-year-old sister.
She said, “That day, I was in the room when he just came in and started saying, ‘Do you know I love you? He was trying to hold me and I told him I would shout. I told him to go and love his wife and children.
He said, ‘You are my wife too’ and I said ‘God forbid.’ He suddenly grabbed me and put his finger inside my pant and I ran out of the room. When he heard my sister’s footstep, he walked away to his room.
I reported all these incidents to my mother.” Jennifer’s mother said he wanted him to be caught red-handed so, she did not confront him when her daughter reported the consistent harassment she had been suffering in the hands of their neighbour.
Jennifer’s mother reported the case to the Esther Child Rights Foundation immediately she heard of Paul’s latest action. She said: “Jennifer said that once in a while, Onobluduakpo gave her N100 just so she would not reject him.
The most annoying part was that my daughter said the man also once touched the breast of her 10-year-old sister.” Onobluduakpo was eventually arrested and detained at the Shasha Police Division, Lagos on Tuesday.
He was arraigned on Thursday at an Ogba Magistrate’s Court on charges of attempted defilement and sexual abuse. Onobluduakpo pleaded not guilty as the charge was read to him. He was later granted bail in the sum of N300,000 with two sureties in like sum.