It was learnt that the matter got to the attention of the police after the victim, Victoria (real name withheld), packed from her father’s apartment to put up with a family friend in the Ikotun area.
The father was said to have traveled for a prayer meeting on the day his daughter managed to escape.
According to Punch, Mr Idowu was arrested on Thursday, June 23, by the Badagry Police Division. It was learnt that Victoria, now in government’s custody, was r*ped while her mother was bedridden.
A social worker, identified only as Ibrahim, who reported the matter to the police, said the victim fled to her aunt in the Ikotun area.
He said, “The victim fled to a relative, who is her aunt in the Ikotun area. The aunt thereafter contacted our organisation. The case got to my attention last week. I reported the case at the police station in Badagry immediately and the man was arrested.
“The victim said she could not bear it anymore as her father had r*ped her several times in the year. She said anytime the family slept at night, the father would sneak into her room and rape her. He would thereafter warn her not to tell anyone. She claimed the father started from the beginning of the year.”
Speaking with Punch, a neighbour, who did not want his name in print, said the victim had also reported to her while fleeing the house.
She said, “The girl came to me on the day she was fleeing home and said her father had been r*ping her. I thought she was mentally unstable, until the man was arrested some days ago.”
In her statement to police, Victoria said:
“I am 15 years old. I am in Senior Secondary Class 2. My father deflowered me several months ago, and he had been r*ping me since then. Whenever he did it, he would clean up the mess and warn me not to tell anybody.”
A police source said from investigation the father also allegedly slept with Victoria’s elder sister, who was a student of a college of education in Lagos State.
Lagos Police PRO, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed Idowu’s arrest, saying he is under investigation.