My first child was product of rape, orphan tells Anambra court

A 23-year old orphan, Ms Nzube Mbachu on Friday broke down before the Chief Magistrate Court, Nnobi in Anambra State while explaining the circumstance that led to her first child.

Mbachu said her first child was a product of rape, adding, she knew the person responsible for the second, “but my boy friend was responsible for the third and fourth”.

Mbachu was testifying as second principal witness in a five-count charge of forcibly entering between one Chijioke Okaa, a native doctor and Olufemi Salako, a Beninese bricklayer and the Commissioner of Police.

The matter is before the Anambra State Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Nnobi and presided over by Mr Kenneth Nwoye.

The duo were also accused of conspiring to trick the orphan to sign agreement that she had sold her property valued N10 million at Nnobi, Idemili South Area of Anambra to Okaa.

When the matter came up for continuation of hearing on Friday, Mbachu told the court that she was only cohabitating with Salako.

“I knew Salako in the year 2018 and he is only my boy friend, though he and I have given birth to  two children together.

“I have four children in all, the first two were born before I knew Salako”, she said.

But when the court asked her, who she bore the first two issues with before that of Salako, Mbachu, broke down in tears, saying, “ my first child was a product of rape, I know the father of my second child and Salako is responsible for the last two.

She further told the court how Salako brought Okaa who bought a piece of land behind her father’s house and later Okaa, the native doctor demanded to have an access road.

“It was at this stage that Okaa requested that I should sell part of one of the houses in our compound to enable him create access road.

“The condition was that he would reconstruct another three rooms to replace the one to be demolished.

“But while this was yet to be accomplished, Okaa came up with the prophecy that my father’s compound was ‘hot’, the reason behind incessant and premature deaths in our lineage.

“Not long after this, he Okaa came with Salako to let me allow Okaa acquire another land outside our compound, build a house and relocate me inorder to save my life”, she said.

Mbachu said it was when she waited in vain for Okaa to acquire the land, built and resettle her that she now sold the property to Bonaventure Ezekwenna, an American-based Nnobi native since Okaa did not live up to their agreement..

“Ezekwenna paid me N10 million for part of property excluding the initial one I earlier sold to Okaa for N2 million.

Under cross examination, Mbachu told the court that Salako compelled her to relocate to Lagos after the transaction with Ezekwenna.

“It was from Lagos Salako took almost the proceed of the sold property in the guise that he acquired a property for at at Ota, Ogun.

“We were in Lagos trying to sort out the problem when Ezekwenna called that he was having issues with the property, but Salako told me not to answer him.

“But I later sent Ezekwenna short message via phone before Salako told me that we should escape to Republic of Benin his country which I refused.”, She said.

Mbachu also said that more than N3 million paid into her bank account by Okaa after the initial land she sold to him for N2 million was meant for Salako to do some construction work for the native doctor.

The presiding Chief Magistrate, Kenneth Nwoye adjourned the matter to August 18 for continuation of cross examination of Mbachu.

Nwoye, however advised counsel in the matter not to waste the time of the court, as his court was ready to have more witnesses the next adjourned date.

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