Sanjo Fakeye, a craftsman in Ogun State, tells David Oratungi How his 12-year-old daughter was allegedly coaxed and raped to death by a prison escapee
Tell us about your late daughter.
Her name is Janet Fakye. She was 12 at the time. She attended Army Day Secondary School at Alamala Barracks, Abeokuta. She is in JS 1.
Under what circumstances did she die?
That day, she came back from school, ate for a while, relaxed for a while, and then, she did her homework. When she was done, she told me she wanted to buy detergent in the community to wash her socks. The place where she goes to buy detergent is only a two minute walk from our house. I gave her money to buy detergent and I sat outside.
After a few minutes, I didn’t see her coming back from where she went to buy laundry detergent and I decided to go find her. When I got there, the seller said she bought the dish soap and left. She said my daughter left long before I came. I was starting to worry and wonder where she might be going. I think she might be going to collect a book from her friend for homework. Then I went to her friend’s house. But when we got there, they told me they didn’t see her.
What did you do next?
I’m home. Then I sent my apprentice to look for her at another friend’s house; but my apprentice came back and told me he didn’t see my daughter there. At this moment, I am really worried. Then my wife came back and asked where my daughter was. I told her she went out and didn’t come back and I kept looking for her. My wife and I searched together. We went back to where I was before looking for her.
As we continued our search, my wife suddenly found the lights on in an abandoned house almost right next to our house. She suggested we check it out; so we did. When we got there, we saw that the door to the house was locked. Neighbors who searched with us suggested we check the back door. They insisted they suspected someone was in the house because the lights were on.
what have you found?
We went to the back door and were able to enter the house. We searched the house and couldn’t find anyone at first. It has been suggested that we should inspect the roof and other areas of the house. We noticed some clothes were scattered on the floor like mattresses, suggesting someone was sleeping in the house. Then we saw blood on the floor. We also saw a bag of detergent. But we didn’t find anyone in the house. So, we decided to report to the Saab police station. But when we were on our way to the police station, they called us to say they found my daughter’s body. This is how it happened.
What time is this?
It was around 8pm.
Is the body injured?
I saw her lifeless body. Her hands and legs were tied and her mouth was covered before the man raped her. She is bleeding. He hurt my daughter for no reason. My daughter is only 12 years old. She was like a daughter to him and I don’t know what attracted him to my daughter.
Did you see the murderer?
We suspect it must be Anu Oriya, one of the children of the landlord of the abandoned house. The house has been abandoned and locked since the owner’s death. He died a few months ago and his children left the house. One of his children, Anu, was jailed for attacking a POS operator in the community. So, seeing the light in the house, suspect that someone sneaked into the house at night. He was seen by some shortly before my daughter’s body was found in his father’s house as he was fleeing the building.
This man, Anu, has been gone for some time. Last year, he was arrested for cutting the chest and hands of a POS server. We are appalled that he is back in the community months after being arrested for attempted murder. He is the prime suspect. He dumped my daughter’s body in another house next to his father’s house. Just then, a dog started barking. In fact, some in the community said they saw him shortly before the body was found. They said they saw him as he bathed with a local sponge by a river in the community.
Has the suspect been arrested?
No, the police are still looking for him. We went to the police station and the police came with us to see the crime scene. They said they were going after him. The police told us he absconded from prison. We found that he only came to the community to sleep at night. Young people in the community burned down their houses because of it.