The girl was discovered to have been
put in the family way by her stepfather, just as his wife, who is the
teenager’s mother, is also six months pregnant. Incidentally, the girl
is five months pregnant.
Akonda, a furniture maker, residing at
Obawole, Iju, Lagos State, was arrested following a complaint filed by
the girl’s paternal uncle.
Yesterday, Akonda, who was dragged to Ogba
Magistrates’ Court to face the music, said that he was so much in love
with his stepdaughter.
The accused said he was shocked that police
could arrest him, even after he had settled the matter amicably with the
girl’s biological father.
Akonda, a father of two, admitted to have
accepted responsibility for the underage girl’s pregnancy, stressing
that he was willing and ready to take good care of her. He insisted that
he had been doing a lot caring for the girl since she came to stay with
him and his wife five years ago.
He said: “Everything would have been okay, but it’s the girl’s father’s brother that is causing problem.
He was the person that encouraged the girl’s father to arrest me. Even
when my wife said we should abort the girl’s pregnancy, I kicked against
it. I was afraid for her life. I don’t want her to die. I have been
sponsoring the girl’s education since my wife came with her to my house.
Her father appreciated my effort on the girl.”
Akonda said the
police officer that arrested him requested for N50,000 to settle the
case with the girl’s father, but that he could only cough up N10,000.
said: “I’m begging the girl’s father to remember that I had been caring
for the girl for long. Most times, her father doesn’t care for her.”
Akonda said that his wife left him after he was picked by the police.
girl’s uncle, Oladele Rasheed, 52, a driver, said that the girl’s
mother left his brother’s house five years ago to marry Akonda.
said: “The man, who impregnated the little girl, married my brother’s
wife. The woman abandoned her husband to go and live with this ‘useless’
man, who has impregnated mother and daughter. I want the law to take
its due course and punish him for his wickedness. Even if my elder
brother backtracks on this matter, I shall not. I would see this case to