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Lagos car wash operator raped, impregnated me – 11-year-old girl

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An 11-year-old girl on Tuesday told the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court, Ikeja, Lagos State how she was allegedly raped and impregnated by a 39-year-old car wash operator, Ezekiel Udoh.

Narrating her ordeal to the court, she said the car wash operator who impregnated her took advantage of her twice.

On the first occasion, she said the defendant sent her on an errand and directed her to take the item into his room, where he raped her in the FESTAC Town area of the state in 2020.

Led in evidence by a police prosecutor, Z.A. Dindi, she said: “He (Udoh) sent me to buy something for him and when I returned, he told me to take it upstairs.

“When I took it there, he came and told me to take it inside his room and he slept with me for the first time.

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“He said if I told anyone, he would kill me.

“When he slept with me the second time, I saw blood coming out of my private parts.

“I did not know I was pregnant.

“My grandma asked why I was getting fat and I said I did not know.”

The victim, who is now 13 years old, gave birth to a baby boy, who is now one year and five months old.

Her grandmother, who told the court that the minor had been living with her since she was two years old, said she initially did not know that her granddaughter was raped.

She said: “The first day I saw a trace of blood, I thought it was menstruation.

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“I said: ‘At 11, you have started menstruation, yours is fast.’

“I just noticed she was becoming fat.

“Not until one day that my sister came and told me if I didn’t notice her.

“She said it seemed she was pregnant.

“Then we took her for a medical check-up and they told us she was five months pregnant.

“We asked her and she said it’s a brother at the car wash.

“She also did not know his name.

“We went there to ask him if he knew her and he asked us if she was pregnant.”

The case was adjourned till September 29, 2022 for further trial.

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