It was gathered, however, that Chidozie had only sent N20, 000 to Chinecherem so far. Asked if she would agree to being taken as a second wife, the 14-year-old girl responded with an emphatic no.
“All I want from him is to take care of the baby and my education. That is the only way I can secure my future, which is about to be ruined. I am interested more in education than marriage. I am only 14 years old and now in SS1,” she said.
Chinecherem’s mother, Christiana, who hails from Aguoba Umumba, Ezeagu Local Government Area, Enugu State, said her daughter cherishes her education a lot, which was why she agreed to being sent to the couple for help when her neigbour suggested it.
Speaking amid tears, she said: “This case is beyond me. I don’t know what to say. All I want is that the man takes care of my daughter and her pregnancy. He should take care of her education, because it was on that basis that she agreed to be sent to Ikare.”
The widow also called on non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the wife of the Enugu State governor, Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi, and the Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mrs. Cecelia Ezeilo, to intervene in the matter and help save her daughter’s future.
Contacted for comments at his business base in Idi-Mango, Ikare-Akoko after painstaking efforts to locate him at his Ugbe-Akoko residence had failed, Chidozie, admitted putting his house girl in family way. This was after he had taken our correspondent to a nearby church where he confessed to the sin.
He, however, would not go into the details, saying that “both families have resolved the matter amicably.”
He said that both his family and that of the pregnant 14-year-old girl had discussed extensively, and the latter had said they would call him any time his attention was needed.
Dozie said: “Both families have come together to settle the issue. Since we are far away, they agreed to contact me any time they need my attention. Both myself and the lady’s family members are from Enugu State.”
He also said that Chinecherem had returned to her parents in Enugu State.
Asked if it was true that he had only paid N20,000 out of the N100,000 he promised to pay the parents of the lady to take care of her, he insisted that the issue had been settled and nothing more.
A man who identified himself simply as CY and Chinecherem’s uncle also told our correspondent on the telephone that the matter had been settled between the two families. He, however, said that Chidozie was in a better position to give details of what transpired between him and the young girl.
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