by Oluwasaye Rachel
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested one Reverend and Mrs. Adeleke Adebanjo of Anglican Church, in Oko Oba, Agege, Lagos Mainland, for allegedly assaulting and inflicting various degrees of injury on a nine-year-old girl (names withheld) who was employed as their domestic staff.
It was gathered that the suspects were arrested following a report by a concerned neighbour to the police about the way the Reverend Adeleke and his wife were maltreating the minor.
“On January 6, 2020, she put a call through to ‘Stop The Abuse Foundation,’ a non-government organisation with the sole aim of fighting human rights abuses, to inform them of how the minor was being abused by the couple for the past two years that she had been living with them,” Police source said.
The neighbour who spoke on the condition of anonymity cited instances where one of the suspects’ dogs bit the victim on her breast but her masters refused to take the maid to the hospital for treatment.
It was gathered that based on the information and evidences gathered by Barrister Toyin Taiwo-Ojo of the human rights foundation, the matter was immediately reported at the police station and the suspects were promptly arrested for alleged child abuse.
Barrister Taiwo-Ojo stated further that injuries all over the nine-year-old maid’s body was enough evidence of how she had been living in hell since she started living with the priest two years ago.
“There were scars all over her body from several previous beatings. The recent scars on her hand were occasioned by the Adebanjo’s 90-year-old grandmother who allegedly pressed the girl’s hand with hot electric iron as punishment. It is also heartbreaking and disheartening that test results from Mirabel Medical Centre shows that the poor girl has also been abused sexually both vaginally and anally,” Barrister Taiwo-Ojo revealed.
In their confessional statements made at Lagos State Police Command Gender Unit, Ikeja, 67 years old couples Rev. and Mrs. Adeleke Adebanjo claimed that they were disciplining the minor because she was too playful.
Meanwhile, the Police spokesman, Lagos State Command Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Bala Elkana, confirmed the arrest of the priest. “Investigation is ongoing, the suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded,” he said.