According to PMNews, there was a show of shame recently at the Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, premises of the EFCC, after Okeke Edward, who works as an exhibit keeper with the EFCC, allegedly battered Blessing Nwokpa, a
19-year old canteen attendant, he allegedly impregnated.
Blessing was a canteen attendant at the EFCC premises and was living with Edward as a squatter. Edward, who refused to take responsibility for the pregnancy, allegedly offered her money to terminate it, but Blessing refused. For her stubbornness, she became an object of battering and assault by him.
She was subsequently thrown out of his house at 23, Akinseji street, Fadeyi. Now 7 months pregnant, Blessing became homeless and could not feed herself after she was sacked from the canteen when she became pregnant. Frustrated by Edward’s action, she went to his office to request for money for feeding and antenatal care.
But when Edward sighted her, he descended on her and battered her to the extent that she collapsed and was later rescued by some senior officers. Following the assault, Blessing went to the Legal Aids Council of Nigeria to report the matter.
Blessing said Edward was the one who offered to accommodate her after seeing her sleeping inside the canteen when her brother, whom she was staying with, had accommodation problem. She alleged that during the night, Edward would lure her into sex and eventually deflowered her and impregnated her.
She said when she informed Edward about it and he became angry and gave her N18,000 to go and abort the pregnancy but she refused. She lamented that she starves daily 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.
She said people directed her to Legal Aids Council to complain and seek their assistance, but 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.