Girl Sues Boyfriend For Impregnating Her
An 18-year old woman, Mary Yohana of Gurku village, Nasarawa State, on Thursday sued her boyfriend, Silas Nwigwe, 22, of same address, for alleged criminal force, intimidation and impregnating her.
In her complaint to a Grade 1 Area Court, she said that Nwigwe was her boyfriend with whom she lived at Gurku village.
“I am six-week pregnant; he got me pregnant and said that he is no longer interested in the relationship.
“He said that I should go and look for the person that impregnated me.
“Nwigwe told me that if I disturbed him again, he will kill me,” she alleged.
Yohana also told the court that on 12 June at about 11 p.m., the accused beat her up and forcibly asked her to leave his house.
“We were living together and I don’t have any boyfriend aside him.
“After beating me in the night, I ran into a room belonging to our landlord’s children and spent the night there,” she said.
The offence contravened Sections 265 and 397 of the Penal Code.
Section 265 stipulates that if convicted he shall be punished for a term in jail which may extend to one year or with fine or with both.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge saying, “She used to be my girlfriend.
“But her father and my mother warned us to stop dating each other.
“They said that we are too young, so I adhered to their warning, but she will never let me be,” he claimed.
The accused, a shopkeeper, also told the court that Yohana requested for money from him but he pleaded with her to give him some time.
He said that she refused his plea and started making trouble with him.
“She needed something from me, but she refused to be patient.
“She entered my room and destroyed all my property,” he said.
Counsel to the accused, Mr. Odukwu Emmanuel, applied for bail and the judge, Mr. Alfred Maga, granted his request in the sum of N100,000 and a surety in like sum.
He said that the surety must be a responsible person with a landed property and must reside within the jurisdiction of the court.
Maga thereafter adjourned the case to 18 July for further hearing.
A prosecutor at the court, Corporal Inuwa Maidiga, told the News Agency of Nigeria that in Nasarawa State, an individual is allowed to initiate and prosecute a criminal case.