//Godwin Ekosin, Kaduna//
A fouty-year-old man, Hafizu Isyaku has allegedly raped and got his 13-year-old daughter, (names withheld) pregnant in his quest to meet up with certain ritual’s demand.
Mother of the girl and wife of the suspect, Maryam Manta while speaking to newsmen at her residence at Kabala Doki, Kaduna North Local Government Area of the state revealed that, the development happened in their home at Tudun wada, Maraba, Abuja which she managed to unravelled after she returned from her three months journey.
“When I returned from where I went to see my parents, as a mother and as a woman, I noticed my daughter was not behaving normal and at the same time sick. But I didn’t suspect anything earlier because my husband do constantly gave her some concoctions to drink which he claimed was going to heal the daughter’s ailment.
“But when the ailment persisted and I noticed my daughter had missed her period, I questioned and threatened her to tell her if she had any affair with a man and she eventually opened up to me that her father has been having her canal knowledge while I was away.
“So, when I confronted Hafizu with the issue, he cried and confessed about joining a cult group which mounted pressure on him to get his daughter pregnant and also abort it as part of the sacrifice.
“I became confused and cried my live out but when he promised to disssociate himself from the cult, I went together with him to the hospital where the pregnancy was aborted”,
She said further that, she later found out that the father continued to have sexual affair with their daughter after the abortion, confirming to have caught him red handed in the act.
“I became heartbroken and absconded from his home, that is Maraba and returned to Kaduna with all my six children. It was when i arrived Kaduna that i reported the issue to the District Head of Kabala Doki, Danlami Bawa who invited my husband and after all discussion, I sought for divorce.
“I have filed a court case at the Sharia Magistrate court, Magajin-Gari, Kaduna for the full custody of my six children. But Hafizu constantly visits to threaten me and the children. He’s presently conniving with one of his relatives who resides in the same area with me here in Kaduna to seize the children from me”, she alleged.
Hafizu, who deals in electronics at Maraba market, Abuja, could not be reached for comment as at press time.