Photos: Pregnant teenager battered by EFCC operative who abandoned her after she refused to get an abortion
19-year old Blessing Nwokpa was allegedly beaten by one of the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) when she went to ask him for money to take care of herself and the baby she is carrying.
According PM News, Blessing was allegedly assaulted at the Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, office of EFCC where the operative, Edward Okeke works as exhibit keeper.
The victim who was a canteen attendant at the EFCC premises was allegedly impregnated by Edward who refused to take responsibility for the pregnancy but instead offered her money to terminate the pregnancy. When Blessing refused, he beat her up and threw her out of his house.
Blessing, who is now seven months pregnant and homeless after she was fired from the canteen went to EFCC office where Edward works to ask for money to feed and for ante-natal care. When Edward saw her, he brutally battered her.
Sources said the intervention of senior officers saved Blessing from further battering. Blessing reported the matter to the Legal Aids Council of Nigeria.
Blessing who said she was a virgin used to sleep at the canteen where she worked after her brother who brought her to Lagos had accommodation issue. Edward offered to put her up in his house pending when her brother get another accommodation. She claimed that Edward introduced her into sex and disvirgined her. When she found out she was pregnant, she informed Edward. He gave her N18,000 to terminate the pregnancy. When she refused he subjected her to constant beating and eventually threw her out of his house.
She said when the Legal Aids Council invited Edward to settle the matter, he told them that he would not come and boasted that nothing would happen. Blessing lamented that she is starving and she was not asking him to marry her rather, she wants him to take care of the pregnancy and after she delivers, she would look for ways to move on with her life. Blessing has been referred to an NGO for assistance.
Source: PM News