Despite the fight against child marriages and abuse of minors, it is unfortunate that cases are still often reported in the country.
Reports have it that a 13-year-old girl, who was put in the motherly way by her 42-year-old father put to bed during the weekend at a hospital in Benin.
According to the report by Vanguard, the father identified as Friday Moses, had started abusing his daughter by having intercourse with her at the age of seven, after the death of her mother.
Upon becoming public knowledge in October, 2018, an Edo state family court sentenced the man to 14 years imprisonment with hard labor, after which the state government had taken protective custody of the young girl.
The teenager who revealed to men of the press that she would still want to continue with her education and become a medical doctor sometime in the future, also made it known that as at the time the unfortunate incident had taken place, she was yet to sit for her First School Leaving Certificate examination.
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The report further revealed that a medical director of the hospital, Dr Philip Ugbodaga , disclosed that the healthcare providers were in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, to help with taking good and proper care of the young mother and her child. He also made it known that her medical bills were cancelled.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously gathered a special report that gave an in-depth look into the causes and effects of early marriage. The report highlights poverty as one of the reasons why some parents put their wards up for early marriage. For some of them, it is an escape from having to shoulder anymore responsibility on the child.
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