A few months later, Chidozie’s wife put to bed via Cesarean Section and the time came to unveil Chinecherem’s mission in the house.
She said: “One day in August last year, she told me that the time for the purpose of my coming to Ikare had come. She asked me to enter her husband’s room. I entered the room but, surprisingly, I met him lying naked on his bed. He beckoned to me to come but I refused. I started begging him, telling him that I had not done such a thing before.
“Suddenly, Aunty (Chidozie’s wife) came into the room and pushed me towards her husband. She then held me down while her husband mounted and deflowered me. I cried throughout that day.
“Thereafter, he continued to sleep with me. Whenever I refused to go to bed with him, Aunty would phone her sister in our village and tell her that I was not heeding her instructions.
“Each time Uncle wanted to sleep with me, his wife would help him to hold me down. That continued until December when we came home for Christmas and they returned me to my mother.”
Chinecherem said before they returned to the village for Christmas, she told the couple that she had missed her period, but they simply dismissed her claim. To her surprise, she said, the couple left her behind in Enugu State when they were returning to Ikare after the yuletide without any explanation to her or her widowed mother.
She said it was when her mother started noticing some physical changes in her that she confronted her and took her for a test which showed that she was six months pregnant.
“That was when I told my family the whole story. Uncle Chidozie’s family was contacted but he denied ever touching me when they confronted him. After much pressure, another test was conducted and he admitted.”
The victim’s mother told one of our correspondents that Chidozie had agreed to take responsibility for the baby’s upkeep with a payoff of N100, 000, but the other women in the community kicked against the arrangement, saying that the said amount was too small. On the basis of their protest, she said, Chidozie agreed to take responsibility for Chinecherem’s upkeep during the pregnancy and after she had put to bed.
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