The 13-year-old 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, was arrested following a complaint filed by the girl’s paternal uncle.
The 36-year-old stepfather was on Wednesday arraigned before an Ogba Magistrates Court.
When privileged to speak the accused said, that he was so much in love with his stepdaughter.
Surprised that the matter would lead to him being arrested by the Police, the accused said he had settled the matter amicably with the girl’s biological father.
Admitting the teenage girl’s underage pregnancy, the father of two, stressed that he was willing and ready to take good care of her. He emphasized that he had been doing a lot caring for the girl since she came to stay with him and his wife five years ago.
“Everything would have been okay, but it’s the girl’s father’s brother that is causing the 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 alleged that the police officer that arrested him requested for N50,000 to settle the case with the girl’s father, but he was only able to come up with N10,000.
“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.”
Oladele Rasheed 52, the impregnated girl’s uncle, said that the girl’s mother left his brother’s house five years ago to marry Akonda.
He added: “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 the end.”