LAGOS, NIGERIA. A 43-year old man, Cyril Obinzu has been arrested, charged before a Lagos court and remanded in prison for impregnating a lady identified as Happiness Umukoro and refusing to marry her because he reportedly had another woman he had promised to marry. The incident happened at 7 Rasak Avenue in Shasha, Lagos, Nigeria where Obinzu resided. It was gathered that Obinzu was dating Happiness and the undisclosed lady he wanted to marry.
However, Happiness Umukoro played a fast one on him, he got Happiness Umukoro pregnant and she informed him about the pregnancy. Happiness Umukoro thereafter urged him to go and meet with her family for formal introduction and marriage.
Cyril Obinzu reportedly told her that he had no intention to marry her as he already had another lady waiting for him. It was then that Happiness threatened him that either marry her or go to prison.
Happiness Umukoro reportedly went to the Police at Area M Idimu Command and reported what transpired between her and Cyril Obinzu.
Consequently, Cyril Obinzu was arrested and charged before Ejigbo Magistrates court for negligence by failing to supply her necessary needs after impregnating Happiness Umukoro.
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 condition.
However 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Happiness Umukoro now wants the matter withdrawn from court so that they will get married and live as husband and wife.
Nigeia Police PRO Olabisi Kolawole
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.