The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a football club manager, Frank Darlington, for allegedly sodomising three of his teenage players in the Agege area of the state.
It was gathered that Darlington, the manager of Soccer Warriors Football Academy, Pen Cinema, was arrested last Thursday by the Elere Police Division, after one of the victims reported him to the police.
It was learnt that the club manager, who hails from Imo State, allegedly took three footballers to his house on separate occasions after training sessions, and sodomised them.
Darlington’s wife and only daughter, a three-year-old, lives in Imo State, after the two got divorced in March 2016.
The police said the suspect allegedly penetrated the victims’ anuses, and would be charged for sodomy.
Speaking with Punch Metro, 49-year-old Darlington confessed to the crime, saying he started to rape his players in February 2015.He added that he committed the act to derive pleasure.
The suspect said he, however, stopped molesting his teenage players since July 2016, knowing the implication of his indulgence.
One of the victims, Kehinde (pseudonym), told Punch correspondent that Darlington threatened him that he (Kenny) would die if he told anyone about the sodomy.
The 18-year-old said he was forced to tell his mother when Darlington made it a habit. He said,
Another victim told our correspondent that a large number of footballers at the academy had withdrawn because “he always slept with two or three of us every week.”
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who paraded the club manager, said the suspect would be charged to court at the end of investigation.
“There is no place for criminals to hide in the state. We enjoin the residents of Lagos to report suspicious movements and persons to the police,” he added.