IT is said that while we live, we are bound to see unimaginable things. Amid the fear of the Ebola virus in the country, it was with disbelief
that residents of Iguosa community in Ovia North East Local
Government Council of Edo State ran to an uncompleted building in
the area to see an 18-year-old boy, simply identified as Ighodaro,
making love to a dog .
Curiously, the dog was said to have enjoyed the sex before the
crowd stormed the scene. Ighodaro was in JSS 2 before he
dropped out from school, due to the inability of his poor parents to
pay his school fees.
He learnt welding, but, while doing that, he became a lover of
dogs. He confessed to Sunday Vanguard that he has slept with
different dogs five times until this last episode. It was learnt that a
member of the community was passing by the uncompleted
building when he sighted the boy making love to the dog and
raised the alarm that attracted the villagers.
Mr George Ogbonmwa, owner of the dog, expressed shock at the
incident, explaining that when he saw the young man with the dog,
he did not know he had an ulterior motive. “I thought he wanted to
play with the dog only for him to end up in an uncompleted
building where he had canal knowledge of the dog.
This is like another dream to me because I have not seen this kind
of thing in my life before”. Following what the villagers described
as an abomination, the Odionwere (head)of the community, Elder
Clifford Igiehon, was invited to the scene and expressed shock
over the incident which he described as a taboo.
He said,”We have never seen this kind of thing before in this
community. This is an abominable act and we don’t want the
suspect to come and corrupt other people here. What he
committed was a taboo. We will call the parents to come and
atone the gods but the boy will go on his own, because we cannot
But we have killed the dog because that is the first thing to do.
And because we don’t want this kind of taboo to happen again, we
decided to hand the boy over to the police. This kind of thing has
never happened before, the boy has to face the music. The parents
will perform traditional rites, it is going to cost about a hundred
The boy knows what he is doing, he is not mad. We know him from
the beginning, he was in school before he went to learn welding;
may be the parents could not pay his school fees. We were even
shocked he said he has had sex with dogs five times; that will tell
you he knows what he is doing”.
The community leaders further used the opportunity to appeal to
the police: “Give us more policemen in our area because a lot of
evil things are happening now. Like what the boy did is a taboo
and they must cleanse the land with the appropriate sacrifice. We
need the police to be around us so that these evil happenings will
The suspect, who spoke to Sunday Vanguard at the Edo State
Police Command Headquarters, Benin-City, said he did not know
what was wrong with him, admitting that he enjoyed sex with five
dogs while two bit him during the act. “I learnt welding around
Iheya. I don’t know when I slept with the dog, I slept with dogs five
times. Some of the dogs bit me, I have been bitten two times and
each time I have a dog bite my grand father will treat me”, he said.
Asked about the tactics he deployed to attract the dogs, Ighodaro
stated: “When I call them, I will be rubbing their head, petting them
so that they will feel free with me. I will be playing with them and
they will follow me. They will bark at me some times, and when I
notice that it is serious I will leave them. Any one that is friendly
with me, I take that one to an uncompleted building and have sex”.
The suspect who was asked about his girl friend, said he broke up
with her last year and started making love to dogs this year. His
words: “ I had a girlfriend last year but we are no longer together. I
started sleeping with dogs this year around March. I don’t know
what is wrong with me.
None of my relations knows I sleep with dogs. In this particular
case, the dog is very familiar with me; so it was easy to lure it
away. While I was having sex with the dog, one man saw me and
ran to inform the Odionwere. They now came to pick me and they
asked the police to go and check me and see if I have any disease.
I don’t know what is wrong with me”.
Edo State Police Commissioner, Foluso Adebanjo, who reacted to
the incident, narrated: “It was the people of that community that
arrested the boy and called the police.
He was taken to Owotubu Division before he was transferred to the
state Police Command Headquarters. What he has done is
classified under Unnatural Offences, Section 214 Sub-Section Two
which says that any person who has carnal knowledge of an
animal is guilty of a felony and he is liable for imprisonment for 14
years if he is found guilty. We are going to charge him to court.
You can see that the guy is not denying anything.
He made a confessional statement that he has been sleeping with
dogs since March and he has done it five times. I was very worried
because this is an unnatural offence and it can bring problem to
You can imagine a human being sleeping with a dog what will that
dog produce in some months time; , you can see it is a bizarre
situation. The boy looks normal unless if he has spiritual problem
because I can’t imagine some body sleeping with a dog.
He said he had a girl friend before; you can imagine if he decides
to sleep with another woman what he will give the woman and that
is how they spread diseases particularly now that we have
different diseases, It is really shocking that we experience this type
of issue every day in our country. I am very worried but thank God
that the community people have killed that dog because they said
what the boy committed was a taboo”.