A trader, Mrs Tope Ogba on Monday told an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offence Court, that her husband, Mr Gabriel, allegedly raped their three daughters.
Led in evidence by Mrs K A Momoh-Ayokambi, the Lagos state prosecutor, Tope also alleged that her husband defiled their underage daughter and almost set her ablaze when she reported him to the authorities.
Gabriel was charged for sexually molesting his daughters who are 25, 20 and 13-years-old at their residence at Oke-Ogbe town, Atura Bus stop, Badagry Lagos.
Tope told the court that she was unaware of the sexual molestation which had gone on for an unspecified number of years until it was revealed by the youngest daughter.
She said: “I did not know what was going on, it was when he assaulted my third daughter that I got to know what was going on and I later heard about the assault of my older daughters from people outside.
“When I asked my older daughters about the rumours, they initially denied it, I got to know about the assault of my third daughter from her teacher.
“I confronted my husband, he said that it was a gang up and conspiracy against him by our daughters, I told him that a young child cannot come up with such allegations against him.
“Ever since I confronted him, I have had no peace at home. He beats and threatens me,” NAN quoted her as saying.
The trader added that a month after he was reported to the authorities, he became aggressive towards her.
While being cross-examined by Mr E. Obelu, Gabriel’s defence counsel, Tope said she did not know when the sexual molestation of her daughters began.
“I do not know when he started molesting our daughters. I have been the breadwinner of the family,” she said.
Following Tope’s testimony, her third daughter who is 13-years-old testified against her father.
During her testimony, Justice Sururat Soladoye, ordered that everyone in the courtroom gallery should vacate due to the witness being underage.
Following the teenager’s testimony, the case was adjourned until March 7, for continuation of trial.