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Traditional ruler impregnates groundnut seller in Delta State

The traditional ruler of Obiaruku community in Ukwuani LGA of Delta State, Chief Festus Akinima, has reportedly impregnated a groundnut seller, Miss Ijeoma Ishima.

According to reports, the 69-year-old suspect took advantage of the 13-year-old girl after luring her with huge sums of money and other gifts.

Confirming the report, Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Andrew Aniamaka told journalists that the pregnancy was known when it was five months old.

“Little Miss Ijeoma Ishima, a 13-year-old groundnut seller and JSS I student in one of the secondary schools in Obiaruku community was a victim of child abuse, one of the gravest ills at present in Nigeria.

“As a child from poor background, Ijeoma hawks groundnut everyday as soon as she returns from school. It was unfortunate circumstance of little Ijeoma’s life that the traditional ruler took undue advantage of her, and lured her into unwholesome sexual intercourse on several occasions and she got pregnant, and the pregnancy was five months before it was discovered by Ijeoma’s mother,” police PPRO stated.

Speaking with newsmen, Ijeoma’s mother, Mrs Stella Ishima said: “When I noticed all the signs of pregnancy in my daughter, I questioned her and she admitted she was pregnant for Chief Festus Akinima, and that she has been having long sessions of unprotected sexual intercourse with him.

“I shouted and my husband heard me, came out of his room with a cutlass and started running towards his house when people stopped him on the way, and pleaded with him.

“We later informed the Police in Obiaruku who arrested him and detained him before he was granted bail few days after.

“Chief Festus Akinima agreed at the station to take my daughter for a wife and train her,” she added.

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