Father Impregnates 14-Year-Old Daughter In Bayelsa

Operatives of the Bayelsa State Police Command have arrested a 38-year-old man, Baridap Needman, for allegedly impregnating his biological daughter.
The suspect who reportedly hails from Ogani Wily Kaira village in Ogoni, Rivers State, was said to have carried out the forbidden act at his residence along PDP road, Yenagoa, the State capital and was arrested following a formal complaint from the State Gender Advocacy group, Gender Response Initiative Team (GRIT).

Some concerned neighbours of the suspect were said to have tipped off the GRIT when they noticed that the victim was five months pregnant and the father was responsible for the pregnancy.

Reports gathered states that the arrested father had allegedly started violating the daughter since the age of 7 by fingering the girl, but the situation got worst when the victim’s mother died few years ago and the accused father replaced his deceased wife with the daughter by reportedly having sexual affairs with her constantly.

According to neighbours, while the 14-year-old girl, who is in Junior Secondary School 3 student, sleeps on the same bed with the father in their apartment, the younger brothers were sleeping on the floor.

The matter which was reported by GRIT team to Ekeki Police Division led to the arrest of the father.

The Chairperson of the GRIT, Dise Ogbise Esq, while confirming the incident to newsmen, said that the advocacy group will collaborate with the Bayelsa State Ministry of Women Affairs to offer psycho-social support to the victim and ensure that she is well taken care of until delivery.

She said: “Abortion is not an option and the two brother have been handed to their family member for proper care. The Girl will be in government custody and she needs to go back to school. Her dream is to be a musician and we will encourage her.”