A 35-year-old man has impregnated his 13-year-old stepdaughter in Abuja after raping the teenager four times in their Nyanya home, an FCT outskirt.
Benjamin Richard (pictured) was arrested after it took his stepdaughter, Blessing Chia some weeks to summon the courage to tell her mother about how she was raped by her husband while she travelled to Benue where they hail from.
Blessing who lost her father in a fatal road accident last year was said to have kept the issue to herself and refused to share it with her mum for that long because her stepfather threatened to kill her if she divulged it.
Her mother, Mrs. Grace Richard who got married to the accused about four years ago and bore him a boy, said her daughter reported to her that the stepfather raped her but her husband denied it when she confronted him.
She confirmed that it was during the period she traveled to her home state (Benue) and left her daughter in the care of her stepfather that he first allegedly raped her.
‘’That was two months ago when I travelled to Makurdi and she told me immediately I came back,” the mother said.
“My husband denied and even threatened to beat me black and blue if l ever asked him such a question again.”
However, a new twist was added to the family row when it turned out that the teenage girl was pregnant for her stepfather following the rape.
In a similar incident, a 75-year-old carpenter was arrested in Ibadan for impregnating a 13-year-old girl (name withheld).
A consensual sex, police sources say the septuagenarian is investigated for child abuse and not rape since the teenage girl consented to the man’s offer.
In an interview with newsmen, Pa Alabi who regretted his action, declared his decision to marry the teenager after she put to bed
He said: “I am a carpenter and I still work till the present time. I even take roofing jobs. I am very strong.
“I have two daughters and a son. My first wife gave birth to the female children but had to be taken away by her people when she developed mental illness. My second wife is the mother of the boy who is an SSS3 student but she has left for another man. Currently, I have no wife.
“I don’t go looking for any woman. I usually have sex with any of the married women who like me and come to me for sex. This is not always though.
“I used to do carpentry work for her boss who sells tailoring materials. That was where I knew her. One day, she asked me to help her build a safe in which she could be keeping her money. When I finished it, I asked her to come to my shop for the safe late one evening and I gave it to her.
“She used to pass by my shop whenever she was going home and used to stop by to greet me. On a particular day, I expressed my interest in her and she promised to think about it. She later consented and on one of the days she stopped to say hello to me, we had sex when I had an urge. And it was mutual. About five days after the first time, we had sex again and she stopped coming.
“One day, she came to me and told me that her grandmother said she was pregnant. She stopped coming again and I didn’t see her again until policemen came to arrest me.”