Before July 2012 the families of Israel Jolaosho and Taju Adejumo, of Adefemi Ogundipe Street in Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Area of Lagos State, were best of friends:
But the relationship went sour recently after 40-year-old Taju Adejumo allegedly raped Jolaosho’s 15-year-old daughter, Deborah.
After the rape, Deborah, who was a virgin, missed her period. Subsequent medical examination showed that the 15-year-old student is pregnant.When Punch Metro visited the Jolaoshos on Monday, Deborah was seven-month pregnant and had been forced to drop out of school because of her condition.
Deborah said on the fateful day, her mother, Rachel, had asked her to go to a construction site and bring back a plastic drum borrowed from her by Uncle Adejumo. She said immediately she got there, 'Uncle' told her that the drum was kept upstairs and that she should go there and carry it.
Deborah said, “When I got there, he (Uncle Adejumo) came to meet me. When I was about to carry the drum, he held me tightly. As I was about shouting, he closed my mouth with clothes and tied me with ropes.
“After doing those things, he had sex with me. Because I have not had sex before, I had bruises and blood covered my private part. After the rape, he still left me tied but he removed the pieces of clothes in my mouth.
“I started crying but could not cry aloud. I asked what I had done to make him behave like that. After a long silence, he said I should not tell anybody what happened and that if I did, I would die after seven days. He then untied me after using the pieces of clothes to clean the blood in my private part.
“When I got home, my mother was angry that I overstayed but I could not tell her what happened to me because I was afraid I might die.”
The bubble, however, burst when Deborah started falling ill after the incident and was always vomiting.
It was then her mother called her to find out what was amiss.
“My mother started suspecting I was pregnant. She called me and asked, ‘are you pregnant? Who made you pregnant?’ It was then I told her that Adejumo raped me and warned me not to tell anybody, else, I would die.
“My mother took me to some hospitals where they conducted tests and said I was pregnant. By that time, it was four months. The doctors advised that because of my age and weight, it would be suicidal to terminate the foetus.
“My parents reported the matter at Meiran Police Division and Adejumo was arrested. At the station, he promised to take care of me and the pregnancy. But since he had been released from the station, he had abandoned me.”
Rachel, who spoke amid sobs, said Adejumo had endangered the future of her daughter and urged the relevant authorities to bring him to justice.
“If any soothsayer had told me Adejumo would do this to my family, I would not have believed it. As if he has done a noble thing, he had been boasting about that we could not do him anything and that he would show us that we were not his match. I am appealing to the relevant authorities to intervene in this matter and bring him to justice.
“He has wrecked my daughter’s future and people in the neighbourhood have turned her into a laughing stock for something the culprit should be in jail by now.”
When Punch Metro spoke with the suspect on the telephone on Monday, he (Adejumo) said it was the devil’s work. Adejumo confessed that he had sex with the teenage girl on one occasion, but insisted that he was not responsible for the pregnancy.
He said, “I did not do it intentionally. As I speak to you, I cannot understand what happened to me that day. Since that time, I have remained unstable.
“As for the pregnancy, I do not believe that action led to it. From the scan and tests, we were made to believe she is seven months pregnant but I had sex with her about six months ago.”