One of the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has allegedly battered a 19-year-old pregnant girl.
PM News reports that Blessing Nwokpa was allegedly assaulted by Okeke Edward at the EFCC office located on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, where the man works as exhibit keeper.
The victim, who was a canteen attendant at the EFCC premises, was allegedly impregnated by Edward. However, the man did not want to take responsibility for his actions and offered Blessing N18,000 to terminate the pregnancy.
After her refusal, Blessing became an object of battering and assault by him. The young people lived together but one day Edward allegedly threw her and her belongings out of his house.
Thus, the young girl, who is now seven months pregnant, became homeless and could not feed herself after she was sacked from work.
Desperate girl went to the EFCC office where Edward works to ask for money for food and antenatal care. However, when the man saw her, he allegedly descended on her and was battering her until she collapsed.
According to sources, the intervention of senior officers saved Blessing from further battering. Shortly after the assault, Blessing went to the Legal Aids Council of Nigeria and reported the matter.
It was gathered that the teenager was brought to Lagos by her brother and started working as canteen attendant at the EFCC office. The girl’s brother had accommodation problem and Blessing started sleeping at the canteen after the work.
She said when Edward saw her there and offered help by allowing her to sleep in his house until her brother would get another accommodation.
Blessing said that that during the night, Edward lured her into sex, deflowered her and impregnated her.
The girl said that initially she did not know she was pregnant but soon she started having unusual feeling in her body. Therefore, she went to a hospital, where she conducted a pregnancy test, which was positive.
Blessing said that informed Edward about the result of the test, he became angry and insisted on abortion.
Recalling the fateful day, when Edward bet her, the girl said that the EFCC staff came to her rescue and advised her to go to Legal Aids Council to complain and seek their assistance.
Blessing said when the Legal Aids Council invited Edward to settle the matter, he told them that he would not come, boasting that nothing would happen.