A 60-year-old herbalist, Tajudeen Awoniyi, has been arrested for allegedly defiling his two daughters and two nieces, whom were all minors.
The nieces had come to pass the night at his apartment at Akinyele area in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
It was gathered that Awoniyi gave traditional black soap to the teenage girls around 1am with which the girls bathed on the day, the crime was committed. He thereafter slept with each of them separately.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mohammed Katsina, said the girls’ mother, Jelilat Awoniyi, 35, who had travelled to Lagos on the day the crime was committed, called the police after discovering that her daughters were behaving abnormally.
One of the daughters, Barakat, 15, who confirmed that her father actually committed the offence, also said that her father had developed the habit of sleeping with her and her sister after getting drunk. She said they could not raise the alarm because he threatened to punish them severely, adding that their mother left the house when they were very young.
She said: “We came home with Noimot, 14, and Kehinde, 15, on the evening of the incident but when it was too late, they decided to sleep in our house because their mother travelled”.
“My father later gave them black soap and he called them into his shrine one by one and slept with them. Each time he was drunk, he would rape me and my sister in the house. He had done it to me three times. I cried but I could not tell anyone for fear of my father”.
Confirming the crime, Sefiat, 14, also said that her father had started sleeping with her last year also. Noimot, who said that she and her sister were virgins until the incest was committed, alleged that Awoniyi used juju before he could sleep with them.