The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a football coach for allegedly sodomising three of his teenage players in the Agege area of the state.
The suspect, Frank Darlington, 49, who is currently cooling off in police custody, was accused of ‘forcefully’ having carnal knowledge of his players through the anus.
The suspect, Frank Darlington [The Punch]
Darlington, the manager of Soccer Warriors Football Academy, Pen Cinema, was arrested on Thursday by the Elere Police Division, after one of the victims told to his parents, who invited the police.
It was gathered that the suspect, a native of Imo State, allegedly took three footballers to his house on separate occasions after training sessions, and sodomised them – with promises that he would help them advance their football career to clubs overseas.
The police said the suspect always invited the boys to his house after school hours and allegedly penetrated their anuses at separate occasions, threatening that they would surely die the day they ever reveal the secret to anyone.
One of the boys (names withheld) became uncomfortable with the act and stopped visiting the coach.
Apparently peeved by the boy’s action, Darlington stormed the boy’s school where he is also a football coach and threatened the boy with death.
At that point, the teenager, who became fearful, let the ‘cat out of the bag’ to his parents, who reported the matter to the police.
The Punch gathered that in his confessional statement, the suspect, while admitting to the crime, said he derived pleasure in it.
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, adding that: