Beatrice Iyayi, a mother, is seeking justice after her one-year-old daughter was allegedly violated in a crèche in Arepo, Ogun State’s Obafemi Owode Local Government Area.
After her daughter got home from school, the distraught mother saw bruising around her daughter’s private parts, she told Punch.
“I picked my daughter from the crèche in the evening and when I was bathing her at night, she screamed as I washed her private parts. The next morning, while bathing her again, the same thing happened. I later noticed some bruises in her private parts, which were swollen.
At the hospital, they examined her and told us that she was molested sexually after which we reported the matter to the police. We also went to the school owner, Mrs Olabisi, to report the case.”the mum said
Olabisi, the proprietress of the crèche, was said to have dispatched agents, including a cleric, to beg Beatrice to drop the case. She was also accused of offering to pay the family’s medical fees for the child’s care, which they declined.
The victim’s family is also believed to have reported the crime to the One Love for Peace and Unity Foundation, a human rights organization. Racheal Omolara, the NGO’s founder, bemoaned the fact that the matter, which had been brought to the police in March 2021, had dragged on and that no arrests had been made.
“We want justice for the child,” she added.
When contacted, the crèche owner, Olabisi, said since the case had been reported to the police, she had nothing to say about it.
“I will not say anything on this matter because they have reported the case in Abeokuta; so I have nothing to say until the investigation is over.”
Confirming the report, the spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the matter had been transferred to the child protection unit of the command for further investigations.
“We got the report of the incident around March 2021 and after our investigation, the owner of the crèche said she did not have any male worker in her crèche. After we went through the details of the case, we transferred it to the child protection unit of the command for more details after which we will charge whoever is found guilty to court.”