Tajudeen Awoniyi, a herbalist has been arrested by the Oyo State Police Command for allegedly committing incest with his two under-aged daughters and nieces, all between ages 14 and 17.
Upon interrogation the suspect denied the incest allegation on the basis that he is being held for a crime he did not commit, however the shocking revelations of the four girls; on how the suspect had sex with them at different times, sent shivers down the spines of the many who who were present at the state police headquarters, Eleyele in Ibadan.
The crime was allegedly committed at Moniya in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state.
While parading the suspect, identified as Tajudeen Awoniyi, Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Muhammed Katsina, said the accused person had carnal knowledge of his own daughters whenever he was drunk.
The commissioner alleged that the suspect would give black soap to the other two nieces before having sexual intercourse with them one after the other.
“Around 1a.m., he woke me up, gave me a black soap and asked me to go and take my bath. After taking my bath, I went to him and he placed something under his tongue and asked me to sleep on a bench.
The sister, who is about 16 years old, corroborated the story, saying “after taking my bath at night, he tied my mouth with cloth so that people would not hear me when I cried.
“He had sex with me afterwards and by morning he sent me out of his house.”
One of the daughters alleged that his father had been sleeping with me since last year.
The other daughters also said: “My father has been sleeping with me since last year. Whenever he comes home drunk, he sleeps with me and my sister (names withheld). He had slept with me three times now since last year.”
The suspect’s sister said: “When I came back from where I traveled to, I did not meet my daughters at home. So I asked the people around and I was told that my brother’s children came to my house and my daughters went out together with them.
“I said they could not have slept in my brother’s place because it has been a while I saw him. The next day as I was about to pray around 6:30a.m, my brother showed up.
The suspect’s sister noted that his brother’s visit to her house scared him, especially since she had witnessed him threatened their mother with a cutlass, to release his children for him when they were still little.
The suspect’s sister adds that his brother informed her that her daughters had slept over at his place, but he had asked them to go back the next day. It was not until the third day that I saw my daughters when they were brought home by someone staying around the area.
“One of them was holding her tummy. I later took them to the hospital where we found out about the incident and I had to call the police.”
The victims, who dared their father and told the police the whole story, further explained that they kept sealed lips for fear of being beaten by the herbalist.