A 45-year-old man identified as Mr. Victor Emmanuel, who was arrested for having sex with a 13-year-old primary school girl and impregnating her has insisted that he did nothing wrong.
Emmanuel, an indigene of Imo state described the girl, young enough to be his daughter as his fiancée. According to him, he was already planning to marry her and has given her parents 20,000 and some drinks as part of introduction and marriage rites.
Emmanuel was arrested by officers attached to the Ajangbadi Police Station after the victim’s school alerted them. The police said that the suspect raped the girl and described her as a minor. Emmanuel on the other hand said:
“I didn’t rape her! We are in a relationship.
“We’re even planning to get married. We have been dating for eight months now. The girl’s parents know me. Yes, I know she’s pregnant for me. I have accepted the pregnancy and I’m already taking care of her.”
“I have started the marriage rites. In fact, the girl’s parents had been collecting money from me. I have paid 20,000 to them for introduction and to buy drinks. They have also asked me to bring 100,000, out of which I have paid 64,000.”
Emmanuel said he was arrested after his supposed father-in-law, called and told him that the girl’s school authority said the victim was undeveloped for sexual activities, let alone for pregnancy.
According to Emmanuel “The school authority said she was too young. The school authority insisted that I should come to the school. When I got to the school, I was arrested.”
The Investigating Police Officer (IPO), Sergeant Mary Ikumo, said that the victim’s parents alleged not to know or had ever seen Emmanuel.
According to Ikumo, the victim’s parents alleged that their daughter, who is just in primary six, was raped by Emmanuel.
“The mother of the victim was with us yesterday. She said she didn’t know the suspect from Adam. The mother said that the girl used to hawk plantain and the suspect was one of her customers. He used to tip the girl 500 every time he buys plantain from her. One day, he pulled her into his shop and raped her.”
Emmanuel, a tailor, insisted that the victim’s parents approved to the relationship.
“They are already addressing me as husband,” said Emmanuel. He further said: “I take good care of her, including paying for her hospital bills. I go to her house at Ajangbadi every time. In fact, the mother called me last week and brought some clothes to my shop to sew for her.
“The woman told me that she would be travelling this week. She used to bring food for me and sometimes drops the girl with me at my shop. If police go to their compound to make their investigations, neighbours would tell them that I am her husband.
“I have also been paying for her ante-natal. Yes, I once went with her to hospital for ante-natal. On most ante-natal days, her mother would come over to collect money from me.”
The matter, however, took a suspicious turn when Emmanuel couldn’t tell his supposed wife’s school address, home address or her parents’ names.