Hafizu Isyaku, a 40-year-old electronics dealer allegedly impregnated his 13-year-old daughter to satisfy the requirements of his cult group for a ritual purpose.
The man’s wife and mother of the teenage girl, Maryam Manta, explained to reporters at her Kabala Doki residence in Kaduna that the incident occurred at Tudun Wada, Maraba, near Abuja where she resided before relocating to Kaduna.
According to her, she got to know about her daughter’s pregnancy when she returned from a three-month journey, saying “When I returned from my journey where I went to see my parents, I noticed my daughter was sick and was behaving strangely. I didn’t suspect anything because my husband constantly gave her some concoctions to drink, claiming it was going to heal her. When the sickness persisted and I noticed my daughter had missed her period, I questioned and threatened her to tell me if she had any affair with any man. Eventually, she opened up to me that her father had been having carnal knowledge of her while I was away. When I confronted my husband, he cried and confessed joining a cult which mounted pressure on him to get his daughter pregnant and then abort it as a sacrifice. I became confused and wept profusely but when he promised to disassociate himself from the cult, I went together with him to the hospital where the pregnancy was aborted.”
She added that she also caught her husband having sex with her daughter even after he confessed. “I caught him red handed in the very act. I became heartbroken and absconded from his home in Maraba and returned to Kaduna with my six children. When I arrived Kaduna, I reported the issue to the District Head of Kabala Doki, Danlami Bawa, who invited my husband for some discussions.”
She said she had filed a court case at the Sharia Magistrate court, Magajin-Gari in Kaduna for the full custody of her six children, alleging that Hafizu, her husband had constantly visited and threatened her and the children. “He wants to seize the children from me,” she alleged.