A university teacher, Gbenga Ojo, has described a report linking him to the death of a two-year-old girl, Rachael Oyeniyi, as baseless and an attempt to blackmail him.
In an April 22 petition to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone II, Onikan, Ojo, a lawyer, urged the police to prosecute those behind the story.
A copy of the petition was also sent to the Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), where Ojo teaches law.
Ojo said his attention was drawn to a report published by naijagists.com, claiming that Gbenga of LASU and Busayo of the Ministry of Finance in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, were married and have two children, a boy and a girl named Rachael.
The story says Gbenga lives on Jesse Street in Egbeda, Lagos while the wife lived and worked in Abeokuta.Against his wife’s wish, Gbenga brought the two-year-old Rachael to Lagos, and while she was playing in the compound, she fell into 80-foot well and died.
The matter was said to have been reported at Gowon Estate Police Station, where the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) pleaded with them to bury the girl’s remains.
The story claims that Busayo’s family was not satisfied with the police investigation and resolved to cry out.
Ojo, whose picture was used to illustrate the story, said his photograph was used maliciously.
“I am not Gbenga referred to in the story. I do not know any Busayo or Rachael. I am not married to any Busayo. I do not have a daughter by name Rachael. I do not have a two-year-old daughter for that matter.
“All my daughters are adults and graduates. One read Accounting. The other read Law. I do not live at 8, Jesse Street, Egbeda or anywhere in Egbeda. I do not know the D.P.O of Gowon Estate. I did not take any child from Abeokuta to Lagos. I am not involved in any way with the police investigation. I have never been to that station in my life. My picture was interposed maliciously.
“The picture of the girl, Rachael, has been uploaded by the same irresponsible blackmailers. The girl is not my daughter. I have nothing to do with her. The blackmailers are impostors and irresponsible. I appeal to you sir to use your good offices to investigate these weighty allegations and bring the faceless blackmailers to book,” Ojo said.
In his letter to LASU VC, Ojo added: “I will use the instrumentality of the law to deal with the malicious blackmailers and report later. I will clear my name and the name of our dear university. We are LASU. We are proud.”