A 43-year old man, Cyril Obinzu has been arrested, charged before a Lagos court and remanded in prison for impregnating a lady and failing to live up to his responsibilities for the baby and the mother.
The incident happened at 7 Rasak Avenue in Shasha, Lagos where Obinzu resided, citadel daily correspondent reports that Obinzu impregnated Happiness Umukoro but refused to marry her because he reportedly had another woman he had promised to marry. It was gathered that Obinzu wasdating Happiness and the undisclosed lady he wanted to marry.However, Happiness played a fast one on him, he got her pregnant and she informed him about the pregnancy.
Citadeldaily gathered that Happiness thereafter urged him to go and meet with her family for formal introduction and marriage.He reportedly told her that he had no intention to marry her as he already had another lady waiting forhim. It was then that Happiness threatened him thateither marry her or go to prison.
Happiness reportedly went to the Police at Area M Idimu Command and reported what transpired between them.Consequently, Obinzu was arrested and charged before Ejigbo Magistrates court for negligence by failing to supply her necessary needs after impregnating her.He pleaded not guilty.
The presiding Magistrate, Mrs J.O.E. Adeyemi granted him bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.Obinzu was remanded in prison custody pending when he will perfect his bail conditions. citadeldaily.ng gathered that when it was obvious to Obinzu that Happiness really meant to jail him, he opened negotiation from prison with her and they agreed to marry.
Happiness now wants the matter withdrawn from court so that they will get married and live as husband and wife.There has been some reactions over the incident which were described as forced marriage because of the circumstance.
Barrister Samuel Okolie said on his facebook page ” ladies are no longer smiling, get her pregnant and you must marry her, getting wiser and smarter, using legal options available to get married.”Others believed that since Happiness was good enough for Obinzu to sleep with, she should also be good enough for him to marry.