Posted by News Express | 26 June 2020 | 384 times
By PAMELA EBOH, Awka
An Enugu-based human rights group, Oppressed Voice International (OVI), has called on the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to, as a matter of urgency, retrieve a baby-boy in the custody of one Mrs. Stella Ndidiamaka Ekwerekwu for safe keeping.
This is coming on the heels of the woman’s confession before IGP’s team that she stole the baby-boy from Ihiala Local Government Area in Anambra State and imposed him on her husband, Evangelist Victor Onyemaechi Ekwerekwu, on his dying bed.
A petition addressed to the IGP dated June 20, 2020 and signed by Ms Rebecca Nweke, the rights group said they are aligning with the disclaimer of the deceased when he was alive, stressed that their call became necessary following an alleged plan by the woman to kill the child.
“The best thing to do is for the police to retrieve the baby and keep him in government compassionate home, pending the determination of the police investigation cum prosecution, if need be.”
News Express reports that late Evangelist Ekwerekwu, who resided at No. 16 Court Road, Onitsha, Anambra State, had through his Counsel, Bar Olisa Ogbuli, on October 14, 2019 wrote a paternity disclaimer and non-consensus with child adoption stating that both him and his wife had on April, 2001 underwent a customary marriage rite in accordance with the usages of Onitsha custom and tradition.
It further stated that the19-year-old marriage was not blessed with any child.
The rights group expressed concern at the attitude put up by the woman while her husband was critically ill and admitted at Annunciation Specialist Hospital, Emene-Enugu on April 2019 saying that she bluntly refused to be responsive to the welfare of her sick husband in the manner that was expected of a loving wife, rather, she was making demands for money from the sick man for reasons yet to be ascertained.
Part of the disclaimer letter from the Counsel of the deceased made available to journalists in Onitsha on Thursday by the rights group read: “It is our further instruction that about one week ago, you brought into our client’s house a child which you claimed to have been delivered of somewhere in Cross Rivers State, Nigeria.
“It is our client’s instruction that he is oblivious of Stella’s claimed pregnancy and if at all she had been pregnant which is doubtful our client states that he is not responsible for the said pregnancy because he had not engaged in any sexual relationship with his wife for about two years then.
“If by chance Stella had procured the child referred to here by adoption, our client states categorically that he had not consented to same.
“However, it is noteworthy that procurement of any child adoption without due process is illegal and a criminal offence and someone who engages in such mess bears the consequences as stated by the laws of the land.”
When contacted, Mrs Ekwerekwu said she is not going to settle her domestic affairs on the pages of newspapers or social media.
She however said that she has handed over every allegation leveled against her to God, even as she thanked journalists for giving her fair hearing before going public with the story.
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