Tony Osauzo, Benin
A 13-year-old girl who was impregnated by her father has given birth to a baby girl at Central Hospital in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
The teenage mother, who put to bed last Saturday, was said to be in Primary Six when her father put her in a family way and was taken into protective custody by the Edo State government.
She is the eldest daughter of her 42-year old father, Friday Moses, who hails from Cross River State but lives in Edo State.
The randy father, who was a commercial motorcyclist, reportedly started having sex with her daughter at the age of seven after the death of her mother.
Following the incident, an Edo State Family Court in October last year, sentenced the man to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour without an option of fine.
The teenage mother in a chat with journalists said she would like to continue with her education and become a medical doctor.
She disclosed that at the time she was impregnated by her father, she was yet to write her First School Leaving Certificate examination, adding that she would be happy if her education is supported by good-spirited individuals.Meanwhile, the Medical Director of the Benin Central Hospital, Dr. Philip Ugbodaga, has directed the management of the hospital to cancel the medical bills of the teenager.
Dr. Ugbodaga announced that the hospital was in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to take proper care of the teenage mother and her baby, pointing out that subsequent assistance for the victim would come as the situation arises. (The Sun)
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