A 13-year-old old girl, who was impregnated by her 42 years old father, gave birth, weekend, to a baby girl at the Bénin Central Hospital. The commercial motorcyclist, Friday Moses, it was gathered, started sleeping with his daughter at age seven after the girl’s mother died.
When the act became public knowledge in October last year, and an Edo State Family Court sentenced the man to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour, the state government took the teenager into protective custody. Meanwhile, the teenager has said she would like to continue with her education and become a medical doctor.
She told newsmen that as at the time she was impregnated by her father, she was yet to write her First School Leaving Certificate examination, but that she would be happy if her education is supported by good-spirited individuals.
Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Philip Ugbodaga, said he has directed the management to cancel the medical bills of the teenager. Dr. Ugbodaga said the hospital was in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to take proper care of the teenage mother and her baby.
Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Ms Magdalene Ohenhen, could not be reached for comments.