Twenty days after 27-year-old Akintunde Omotehinde reportedly assaulted his 60-year-old mother sexually at Ajebamidele area of Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, Nigeria, residents of the area are still in shock over the incident.
Although the Omotehinde family kept mute over the issue, some people in the neighbourhood said they heard about the incident.
Speaking to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, some residents, said rape was not a common occurrence in the locality.
The residents spoke with our correspondent in separate interviews on Thursday.
One of the residents said, “The news was shocking. Not many of us believed the story at first but the truth cannot be hidden for too long. The woman, a petty trader, was said to have been raped by her son. She was badly injured and was rushed to the hospital for medical attention.
“I can tell you that the family is presently living in shame. We hear that the family members are planning to move out of the house but we cannot confirm that.”
The matter was heard by a Magistrate Court in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday.
The accused has been remanded in prison custody pending the determination of the case by the court.
The Prosecutor told the court that the accused person raped his mother on the August 23, 2013 at their residence at Ajebamidele Area of Ado-Ekiti.
When our correspondent visited, the victim was said to be unavailable.
A petty trader in the area, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, described the news as incredible, saying, “I don’t even know the name of the boy and I don’t know what he does for a living but I always see him on the street. I know him as an easy-going young man.”
An artisan, who pleaded anonymity, said that the accused person used to smoke and drink. He said, “I am sure that what he did was not as a result of drunkenness. It must have been premeditated.”
A clergy in the area said, “What happened between the boy and his mother is evil. They allowed themselves to be used as instruments in the hands of Satan. How can one explain a situation where a son has canal knowledge of his own mother? It is evil. The boy has attracted a curse upon himself and his generation.”
The Prosecution told the court that the offence contravened Section 358 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
The Magistrate, Mrs. Patricia Ajibade, has ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody, pending the legal advice by the Director of Public Prosecution.
The Magistrate adjourned the case till October 16, 2013.