Some facts are coming out about the 15-year-old teenage girl who married off to an allegedly demented man, Izuchukwu Igwilo, from a wealthy Igwilo family in Ozubulu area of Anambra state of Nigeria. Click here to read the previous post.
Activist, Prince Harrison Gwamnishu, who visited Anambra state after the story went viral, said the said girl is from Ihiala community and is actually 15 going on 16.
Harrison in an interview with LIB, said the girl is from a very poor family and that she had a child when she was in primary 5 and had to quit school. Her family couldn’t continue sponsoring her education and also taking care of her child so they decided that they were going to marry her off to Izuchukwu who came recently with his family members to ask for her hand in marriage. According to the family, they believe no one would come for the little girl’s hand in marriage since she has a child.
Harrison says the Igwilos really want Izuchukwu to get married and also have children of his own, hence they have accepted to have the girl come into their family with her own child. Izuchukwu’s brothers, who are said to be wealthy, have pledged to sponsor the girl’s child and any children she and their brother will have together.
The traditional wedding of Izuchukwu and the teen girl is slated for Easter this year and, according to Harrison, a lot of money running into millions of Naira has been budgeted for the ceremony.
The innocent teenage girl is reportedly known as Chinwe and activist Prince Harrison Gwamnishu took to his Facebook timeline to promise Nigeria that he was going to rescue Chinwe. Read his Facebook posts below:
“The man Chinwe is sitting on is the supposed husband. He’s mentally unstable. The Igwilo’s in Ozubulu should be ready to receive us tomorrow.
The girl is 15yrs and not 18, 19 or 20 as they alleged. She didn’t give consent to any marriage.
His parents have failed and also her relatives. Let’s be her parents for just tomorrow.
Nobody is asking you for money. Help with your contact in Anambra State. We can do it.
If you have soldiers, Navy officers, police officers, please link them to us. Court process will delay.
√ Drop petitions
√ Mobilize Security Agencies
√ Pick up Chinwe and her son and handover to Ministry of Women affairs.#RetrieveChinwe”
“The above statement was made by the activist as of yesterday.
I want them to charge me to court, I want them to sue me.
They handed over 15yrs Chinwe to 56yrs mentally unstable man for marriage and they took money from me to see her parents also demanded I pay them before the girl can be retrieved.
We assured them to train the girl in school
We assured them to take care of her parents
We assured then to take care of her child.
This is no threat. I am giving them 24hours to return that poor girl and I don’t want to hear any *Penetration*.
“WithKene Ezika, we arrived Ozubulu and later proceeded to Ihiala in Anambra State. Home town of Chinwe (15yrs old girl giving out for marriage).
The woman receiving money is one of the key people that conspired and gave her out without her consent. (Sorry to put this here, the man is an imbecile, mentally unstable).
√ For me to meet with her parents, they demanded money from me and I handed over to them.
√ For me to also retrieve Chinwe, am also going to pay the expenses the Igwilo’s spent for the introduction. Marriage is scheduled to hold soon.
√ Chinwe is currently in Ozubulu (Her present location is known to us)
Barr.Ajuebor Favourwill be working on the legal process. We need police protection and also your prayers.
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