By Denen Achussah
Father of 11-year-old pregnant Ene Ejah (names have been changed), Ejah is appealing to the Benue State Government to intervene on behalf of his daughter who has been put in the family way by his in-law.
Ejah was seen at Community Links and Human Empowerment Initiative (CLHEI) with his daughter after a meeting with the Dr Helen Teghtegh, Executive Director of the organisation.
He said he had sent his daughter, after several requests from his step sister to live with them in Makurdi at age three only for his in-law to put her in the family way.
The visibly worried Ejah told The Voice that hospital test, on arrival of his daughter home in Orakam from Makurdi confirmed that she iis pregnant.
“This holiday, my daughter came home alone and when I asked her, she said her aunt sent her home. I didn’t like the mood I saw her in and decided to take her to the hospital. That is where it was discovered that she is pregnant,” Ejah said.
He added that although his in-law, a security personnel with Benue State University (BSU), Makurdi initially denied responsibility, he privately accepted responsibility.
“I could not bear it and sent word to my elder brother in Otukpo. I also called Joseph Adoyi and we met in Otukpo. He came with two relations. I took three with me from Orakam, one of which is a vigilante member.
“I took with me three Kola nut and a cartoon of Hero. The man refused to accept responsibility in the public. When called aside, he agreed that he is the one. After he accepted and I started crying, he requested to go and bring his other relations and that was how he left.
“My elder brother asked me to come back in five days and we came but the man could not pick his calls,” Ejah explained.
He is appealing to the Benue State Government and civil society organisations to help bring the culprit to book, since he has no means to ensure justice for her daughter.
The 11-year-old told The Voice that her aunt’s husband violated her in his parlour and warned her not to talk about it. The act, she said continued, resulting into pregnancy.
According to Ene, the man started “touching” her private part before coming home one day to rape her when no one was at home.
Dr Teghtegh said it is heartbreaking that a family man would put an 11-year-old in a family way.
She invited civil society organisations to rise up to ensure that the culprit is brought to justice.
Efforts to contact the culprit, Joseph Adoyi, for comments proved abortive as he is said to be on the run.