12-year-old Girl Married Off As 3rd Wife To A 50-year-old Farmer And Father Of 22 Children all above 20 years old In Benue State

A 12-year-old girl (name withheld) has been put on a marital line after her parents married her off without her knowledge or consent to a 50-year-old man.

Her alleged husband, whose identities has not been disclosed is said to be a farmer and a father of 22 children from 2 women who he is married to.

The information was disclosed by a Facebook user and advocate for child abuse.

Identified via his Facebook handle as, Lucky Udu, he shared the girl’s story while urging advocating bodies to help rescue the young child who is not happy.

Sharing pictures he took with the girl, he captioned his post;

I just finished interviewing this 12yr old girl who is married to a 50years old man (who is a Christian) in Benue state. Her family deceived her and sold her out to the man. The girl thought she was coming here to school but unfortunately, she was brought down to become his 3rd wife. This man is a poor unsatisfied farmer who already has two wives and his children are above 22.

He beats her every night and forces himself on her but has only succeeded once in sleeping with her. It’s been two months now, she needs help, she is crying and wants to be rescued but unfortunately, I‘m only a stranger here in Benue state and for some days now, I have been trying my best to rescue her through organizations like Naptip Nigeria but they are slow and unenthusiastic in rescuing her. I need more people on social media to be aware of this situation and help this young girl. She is only 12 years old. Pls share.

Her address is a green small house behind Primary health care Adaka, Makurdi in Benue State, Nigeria.

The community seems to be protecting the man. I have been careful with my movements but I filmed her while he was away. We sneaked her out and returned her thinking we would rescue that evening or the next day but nobody really cares and I’m in a strange land with nothing but a phone and a camera.

This is my fifth state since the beginning of my tour, lives are been changed, let this be the case of this young girl too. Thank you.

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