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52-year old man arrested for molesting, impregnating teenage niece

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Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Ekiti state have apprehended 52-year-old man, Dennis Kiyeve, for sexually molesting his niece, a minor, for over three years.

It was gathered that Kiyeve, having deflowered and impregnated the girl, conspired to kill her in order to cover his track.

The NSCDC State Commandant, Mr Solomon Iyamu, said in Ado Ekiti, on Thursday, that the suspect would be charged to court “to serve as a deterrent to other useless uncles, who are in the act of molesting their family members, and other adults, who molest minors.”

The incident began in 2013 when the girl was asked to live with her uncle at Ilupeju village in the Gbonyin Ekiti Local Government Area of the state following her mother’s death in Benue State.

Kiyeve was alleged to have deflowered her in 2016, when she turned 12.

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The girl, who is now 15-year-old, lamented that she could not refuse the sexual advances of her uncle, who feeds and shelters her, adding, “Any attempt to refuse may result in hunger, punishment and deprivation of school fees.”

She said she aborted her first  pregnancy in 2016, and is allegedly pregnant for her uncle again, said, “Medical examination had shown that fibroid tumour is growing along with the baby and is capable of hindering the development of the foetus.”

She is appealing to non-governmental organisations and residents of Ekiti State to come to her rescue.

Admitting the crime, Kiyeve claimed the act has become normal for the two of them.

“When the act resulted in pregnancy in 2016, it was kept the secret with the help of a quack midwife, who assisted us to terminate the pregnancy. The responsibility for the pregnancy was between me and one Kunle, who happened to be her schoolmate in the village,” he said,

He added that the girl was rescued when she tried to terminate the second pregnancy in a nearby bush.

The village head, Chief Adebisi Olaoye, who promised to support the NSCDC in its investigation to unravel the mystery, said the villagers arrested the suspect while allegedly attempting to kill the girl.

Olaoye said the suspect’s movements had become suspicious after the affair blew open to the villagers, hence the residents had been keeping a close watch on him.

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