17-year-old Ogechukwu, pictured right, accused her sister's boyfriend of raping her and getting her pregnant sometime in April this year. Ogechukwu's plight was brought to the public by the president of Behind Bars Initiative, Prince Harrison Gwamnishu. LIB reached out to Gwamnishu for details of the case and here is what he told us.
Ogechukwu moved to Lagos last year to live with her sister in the Ojo area of the state. Ogechukwu's sister sells clothes but also pimps girls for some men in the area. The sister allegedly always wanted to introduce her into her line of business but she couldn't because Ogechukwu was a virgin. While celebrating her birthday in April this year, Ogechukwu said her sister gave her a glass of soft drink to take. She did not know that the drink had been mixed with a substance that would make her sleep. The next day, she woke up to see blood on her private part with her sister and her boyfriend around her. Ogechukwu said her sister told her that there is no big deal in her losing her virginity.
Ogechukwu, who is an indigene of Anambra state, left the sister's place in anger and went to her brother's home in Asaba where she informed him of what her older sister and boyfriend had done to her. Weeks later, Ogechuku discovered she was pregnant. She picked up a job as a teacher to support herself. Last Thursday, October 12th, her employer complained that over N60,000 was missing. Ogechukwu and two other persons were arrested. The other persons were able to bail themselves but Ogechukwu who couldn't afford the N15, 000 bail was remanded in the cell.
Prince Harrison was at the station yesterday for another matter when he met the pregnant teenager. After hearing her story, he facilitated her release from police custody. Ogechukwu and her brother would be in Lagos soon to report the matter to the police and take legal action against her sister and her boyfriend.