A pregnant woman, Mrs Ajayi (surname withheld), was allegedly stabbed by her landlord’s son at the weekend, forcing her into forced labour and child birth at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Edo State.
The boy simply identified as Osanwa was said to have stabbed the pregnant woman who was to be an occupant of the compound along St. Mary’s Church, Textile Main Road in Benin, for five years.
After series of investigation as to what led to such act, it was learnt that the woman was sleeping quietly in her room when the young man attacked her. The cry of the woman attracted neighbours and sympathizers to the scene. The woman was however rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital where she was prematurely delivered of her seven- month-old pregnancy through caesarean operation.
The husband to the victim, Mr. Ajayi, who said it was their first issue, called out to the government and well-meaning Nigerians to come to his aid and fight the injustice done to him and his family.
“I am just coming back from work now; immediately I was informed of this wicked act. It’s still a shock to me because my wife never had any issues with anybody and has always been indoors. Just when I was warming up to be a father soon, this boy came and did this wicked thing. This is sheer wickedness; what annoys me most is that my wife never had issues with anybody before I left the house this morning and they have never had any issue before now.
“The government and all those who have good minds in Nigeria should come and help me fight this case to the end because justice must prevail”, the grieving husband said.
The boy, however, upon seeing the large crowd, feigned madness. He was later arrested by youths who mercilessly beat him before finally handing him over to the police.
All efforts to get to the landlord were unsuccessful as he was reported to have been out of town, but some bystanders said the boy may have been under the spell of an evil spirit.