Bamekpa, from Imiringi, Bayelsa State, allegedly started to have sex with Queen at the age of 11. He eventually impregnated her and she didn’t know until her stepmother noticed and told Bamekpa, who then forced her to abort the 4-month-old pregnancy through a quack means that is currently threatening her life.
Speaking with Operation Rescue (OPER), a human rights group, Queen said: “There was nobody to help me. He kept doing it despite my efforts to stop him. It was a painful and violent experience. I ran away from home because there was a time I bled so much. Sobbing, she said: “When I became pregnant and he heard about it, he handed me over to a lady who took me through an unsuccessful process of abortion. I have been suffering series of health issues after the abortion.” Speaking on the travails of his niece, David Apigi said his niece’s father was notorious for sexual perversion, alleging that he had slept with his biological sisters and repeatedly slept with his cousin’s daughter and forced her to commit abortion 5 times. He said some of his victims were ready to testify against him.
The matter was reported to the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) but FIDA was sluggish in the way it handled it. Apigi eventually decided to contact OPER because the process through which the Otuasiga Police Station was also handling the case was not satisfactory either.
The head of OPER, Princess Elizabeth Egbe, said: “The father handed her over to a lady who took her to a quack doctor for an abortion. After the abortion, the girl came back home and discovered she was bleeding from her private part. The father took her to that same lady who then took her to other places.
The girl is still in pains and highly traumatised. She has been going through series of medical treatments. We want the police to really investigate this matter. We want the doctor to be arrested, and we want everybody that is involved to be arrested and prosecuted to serve as deterrent to other people who are involved in this act of perpetual evil against the girl-child.”
- The Nation