- A football academy financier, Victor Achidume, has been arrested for shaving teenagers' pubic hair
- No less than five boys between the age of 11 to 15 accused Achidume of shaving their pubic hair
In what looks like some sort of ritual, a 43 year old man, Victor Achidume, has been arrested by the Lagos state police for allegedly shaving the pubic hair of five teenage boys.
Achidume, who is the financier of Magico Football Academy in Agege, Lagos, was arrested after one of the boys identified as Oluwaseun fell sick and told his parents that the suspects had shaved his pubic hair six times.
The Nation reports that the boy said the last time Achidume shaved his armpit and private part was on May 9, adding that he usually warned him not to tell his parents anytime he carried out the act.
Oluwaseun said: “We do not belong to his team. We met him during a football match and he invited us to his house. He used to talk about football to us and he used to dash us N100 or N200.
“He told us to be coming to his house every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I went with my friends the first time. He asked me if I had shaved my armpit and private part before and I said no.
“And then, he shaved it. He was talking about football as he was doing it. Then, he said I should not tell anyone and that I should be coming to his place to collect N100."
Another child, Oluwadare Ifeoluwa, 15, who said the suspect asked him if he had shaved his pubic hair before, told our Correspondent that he left him after answering in the affirmative.
Ifeoluwa said: “The man used to give us money every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. When we come, he will tell some people to come Tuesday and Thursday.
“The first day he saw me, he asked my name and about three weeks later, he asked me if I was at puberty stage. I said no. He said he wanted to check it and when he checked it, he asked if I have shaved it before.
“I said yes I have. So, he said I should not worry. But my friends said they have not shaved before. The man shaved Oluwaseun Salaudeen’s hair six times and he shaved Damilare’s armpit twice.
“He told us that no one should know he usually asked such questions. We are not in his academy. His house is at Alagba Estate.”
But the suspect denied the allegation, insisting that the kids have never been to his house.
Achidume said he was shocked at their allegation, adding that he only helped the children by giving them morning regularly.
He said: “These kids are not even in my team. They have never been to my house. I used to throw money to them from the balcony. They used to complain that their parents do not give them money for food and that they do not buy books for them.
“It is untrue that I took them into my house. I play with my team on Saturdays. I do not see them during week days because I go to work.
“I told the mothers of these children that I have three kids and that if I did anything wrong to their children, let me lose mine before my eyes. But, if I did not, their children will die before their eyes.
“The women should tell their children to confess how all these came about. The children are here, do they look like people losing weight? How can someone just raise false allegation against me to ruin my life?
“I manage over 80 kids through my coach and no one has ever complained of such about me. They have disgraced me but the God that I serve will vindicate me. I do not know why they did this but I believe God knows best. Life is mysterious and this is a mystery only God can unravel.”
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Borno police command says it is investigating the activities of ritualists to curb their nefarious activities in the state.
The state Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, made this known in Maiduguri on Sunday, May 13.
Chukwu said detectives were probing what he described as two isolated cases of the killing of a young lady a month ago and the recent forceful removal of the eye of a 58-year-old with mental problems in Maiduguri metropolis for suspected ritual.
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