Mild drama ensued at the Rivers State Judiciary, yesterday, after a 38-year-old man, one Ibinabo Franklyn, who is being accused of raping his 17-year-old daughter attempted to kill himself.
The Chief Magistrate, F.N. Amanze, Esq, had ordered that the accused person be remanded in the Port Harcourt Maximum Security Prison Custody and referred the case file to the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, for advice, adjourning the matter to December 23, 2016 for mention.
Shortly after the Chief Magistrate rose and he was handcuffed and was being led out of the court, that the accused, Ibinabo Franklyn got hold of tiles which was brought to the court probably as exhibit, broke it and started stabbing himself on the throat. Not satisfied, the accused went ahead and got hold of a bottle and continued stabbing himself and knocking himself on the wall. It took the intervention of some security operatives who went through the back door and got hold of him.
The accused was said to have had canal knowledge of his biological daughter, who is also a product of rape, on the 23rd of this month at Okujagu community in Port Harcourt local government area of the state.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the accused had chained the daughter in the house and left a bucket where she can urinate, then locked her up and went to work, after raping her, so she cannot escape. According to one of the officers, it took the intervention of neighbours who broke into the house and rescued the girl.
“His intention was to continue to rape her whenever he so desired. It was his continued harassment that made the girl run out of their home. On that day he saw her and dragged her to the house and succeeded in raping her”, said the officer.
In his testimony, Ibinabo Franklyn, who is a butcher, said: “I will not hide anything from you. On the 19th of September, that was a Wednesday, somebody called me that she (daughter) want to travel to Imo State and work. I have paid computer N25,000 in August 12 for her to learn computer. The friends told me that they want to use her for prostitute.
“That they know where she is staying. When I went to get her she started shouting I’m not her father so boys came out and gathered me. I said I am not your father and I paid for computer for you.
“So when i took her to the house, I went and chained her. In the night I didn’t know what happened to me, I fell in love with her and I slept with her.”
When asked, the victim “name withheld”, said she was a product of rape. My mother is in Bayelsa. When I called her, she said it is not my fault, that my father raped her when she was 13 years old and that was how she became pregnant with me.”


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