A 65-year-old man (names withheld) in Kalabari Beach in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State narrowly escaped lynching at the weekend, as angry youths pounce on him for impregnating his 17-year-old daughter.
According to reports, the man hails from Ibiasegbe in Olru West Local Government Area of Imo State but resides in Kalabari Beach where he taps rubber.
The man, who claims to be an elder in a Pentecostal church, has 11 children from his two late wives and is expecting another one from his fourth daughter.
The five-month-old pregnant girl is the man’s first daughter from his second late wife.
Meanwhile, when the youths of the area confirmed that the father is allegedly responsible for the daughter’s pregnancy, they besieged his residence, dragged him out and beat him up.
The youths had already descended on him before a passer-by, who is a lawyer, intervened and told them not to take the laws into their hands.
The suspect claimed that the illicit act started five months ago when he forcefully had carnal knowledge of his daughter and in the process defiled her.
The 65-year-old claimed he slept with the daughter six times until the s*xcapade was exposed by the pregnancy.
He, however, said he was ready to appease the land. He prayed for forgiveness from all, claiming that it was the handiwork of the devil.
Narrating her ordeal, the pregnant daughter alleged that her father came to her room one night and forced himself on top of her after removing her clothes.
The 17-year-old girl, who is a junior student of St Michael’s Secondary School, Orsu-Obodo, said her father threatened to deal with her if she reported the incident to anybody.
Reports also said the man had already made arrangement to sell the baby immediately her daughter puts to bed, an intention the girl opposed.
The girl claimed that she reported to her father immediately she stopped observing her monthly flow, adding that the father didn’t say anything.