Herbalist who raped, impregnated daughter Justifies Action
Tears welled up in the eyes of Margaret Ekun, a mother of six as she narrated her ordeal in the hands of Jacob Alonge, her ex-husband, who is now serving 21 years jail term for raping and impregnating his 17-year-old daughter, Gift Alonge.
At a point, she paused and wasn’t willing to speak further on her past experiences with her 52-year-old husband.
“Everything is in that court. You can go there and ask them. I have nothing to say again,” she said, pointing to a magistrates’ court a stone’s throw from her tailor shop by the roadside at the entrance of Ososo, in the Akoko Edo Local Government Area of Edo State.
Margaret is the step mother of Gift whose mother’s whereabouts is unknown to many in the community.
It took some minutes of persuasion before the woman in her 40s could agree to speak further.
She continued softly, obviously weakened by past developments, “When I heard of how he raped and impregnated Gift, I was shocked.’’
She stopped abruptly to use the helm of her gown to wipe the tears streaming to her cheeks.
She added, “I know he is a womaniser. He dated many women and even brought them to the house. He was not my first husband. My parents advised me to leave my first husband after two years that we had no child. That was when I met Jacob. He said he wanted to marry me and came with his people and we got married and left for Lagos. He was the one who took me to a woman, a herbalist who gave me ‘agbo’ (herbs) and I conceived. I had six children for him but one died. When I heard that he impregnated his daughter, I was sad. He was an electrician. I don’t know how he became a herbalist and started dipping his hands into such things.”
Margaret explained further that the Olososo of Ososo, Oba Anselm Obaitan, tried a lot to settle quarrels between them but was not successful until the court eventually separated them.
She said, “What took us to court was not rape case with any of my children. It was a spiritual thing; that was why I said you can check the court because all the records are there. The court told him to give me money every month for the upkeep of his children but since I left, he has never paid me once. I have been shouldering everything all alone.”
Apart from engaging in tailoring, Margaret, a Catholic faithful and a choir member, has her own musical group playing both gospel and secular music to support the upkeep of the family.
One of her children, Bose, a member of the musical group, said she used to go to her father and sometimes he would give her N500 or less for the family. Bose was not willing to speak about the incident when Sunday PUNCH approached her.