14-year-old Chinecherem Chinze who was taken by in as a housemaid by a couple in Ikare-Akoko, Ondo State after her mum also a poor widow, Christiana Chinze, readily yielded to a suggestion that Chinecherem be sent to the couple, in March, 2016 as she couldn’t pay her Junior WAEC fees and other educational needs, has been sent back to her mum after the couple sexually abused and impregnated her.
According to Chinecherem, her boss, Ene Chidozie’s wife who was pregnant when she arrived Ikare in March last year, told her that she was brought to the house for a purpose that would be revealed to her at the appropriate time.
In an interview with the Nation, Chinecherem narrated her ordeal at the hands of the the auto parts dealer and his wife;
“One day in August last year, she told me that the time for the purpose of my coming to Ikare had come. She asked me to enter her husband’s room.
“I entered the room but, surprisingly, I met him lying naked on his bed. He beckoned to me to come but I refused. I started begging him, telling him that I had not done such a thing before.
“Suddenly, Aunty (Chidozie’s wife) came into the room and pushed me towards her husband. She then held me down while her husband deflowered me. I cried throughout that day.
“Thereafter, he continued to sleep with me. Each time Uncle wanted to sleep with me, his wife would help him to hold me down.”
When she became pregnant, she was taken back to Enugu State and abandoned with her mom. However, when contacted, Chidozie admitted impregnating her.
He said that both families had discussed extensively and settled the issue and he’s willing to take care of her.
Chinecherem’s predicament has however been condemned by gender and human rights activists who have vowed to monitor the development to prevent the case from being swept under the carpet