A 36-year-old man who impregnated his 13-year-old stepdaughter says he is ready to marry her because he loves her dearly.
A 36-year-old furniture maker, Saka Akonda who was dragged before a Magistrates' Court sitting in Ogba, Lagos State, for allegedly impregnating his 13-year-old stepdaughter, shocked the presiding magistrate when he claimed to be in love with the minor.
Daily Post reports that Akonda who resides in the Obawole area in Iju, was arrested after the girl's uncle, Oladele Rasheed, reported the matter at the Area G Police Command in Ogba and was arraigned in the court.
Akonda whose wife, the girl's mother is also pregnant for him, reportedly told the court that he was madly in love with the girl and would not mind getting married to her alongside her mother.
Expressing shock on why the girl's uncle reported him to the police, Akonda, a father of two, said he had settled the matter amicably with the girl’s biological father and told the family he was willing and ready to take good care of her.
“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 because I love her very much.
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 even appreciated my effort on the girl,” Akonda was quoted as saying.
Akonda also said that the police officer that arrested him requested the sum of N50,000 to settle the case with the girl’s father, but that he could only raise N10,000.
“Right now, 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,” he added.
The girl’s uncle, Rasheed who blasted the pervert, said the girl’s mother left his brother’s house five years ago to marry Akonda.
“The man who impregnated the little girl married my brother’s wife. The woman just 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.”
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