For 42-year-old Ms Wanger Eunice Iortile, a romance that commenced on a candy notice about 17 years in the past has become a nightmare. Fatai Shittu, then a Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa State, allegedly deserted her with a being pregnant and returned to his house city in Ogun State upon retirement whereas Eunice is left on their own to fend for herself and their now eight-year-old boy David, LINUS OOTA reviews.
Within the firm of her solely son, Ms Wanger Eunice Iortile, 42, sat quietly underneath the tattered roof of her austere beer palour at Mammy Market, reverse Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia.
She was fully oblivious of the often homosexual environment round her store as she cuddled his one and solely eight-year-old son.
The newborn boy, based on her, is a product of the years of intimate relationship he had with a now retired Commissioner of Police named Fatai Shittu whereas the latter was serving in Nasarawa State.
On his half, David, the eight-year-old product of the ill-fated affair, munched away on sweets in childhood innocence as if there was nothing in life to fret about.
However the actuality, based on his distraught mom, is that his father had deserted him from cradle and refused to be a part of his life.
The scenario has nearly turned Eunice right into a recluse, such that not even the reporter had an inkling of the hell she was going by till she started to relate her ordeal.
In accordance with her, her sizzling romance with Shittu was the envy of many after they hit it off in Abuja about 17 years in the past. However she recalled in an emotive voice that the previous 11 years might be summed up because the worst of her life.
If she knew, she mentioned, she would have heeded the retired police officer’s insistence that she ought to abort the being pregnant.
She mentioned: “He (Shittu) is the daddy of my solely son, however he left me even earlier than the boy was born.
“My son and I’ve been by a really tough patch.
“It received to some extent that I requested myself if Fatai Shittu continues to be the person I a lot cherished and we had the perfect of time collectively.”
Wiping tears off her eyes with the again of her hand as she spoke, she continued: “He was my greatest buddy and we had a phenomenal love affair. I met Fatai Shittu in Abuja (Wuse 11) in 2003. He was staying within the Kwara State Authorities Lodge, and we dated for 9 years earlier than I received pregnant for him.
“He used to patronise my elder sister’s ingesting joint in Wuse II. That was the place I met him and we began the connection.
“When he was later transferred to the Ebonyi State Police Command in 2006, we went collectively and spent a couple of yr there earlier than he was transferred again to Abuja.
“I used to be like a spouse to him as a result of his household stays in Ogun State the place he comes from.
“We had been so shut, and inside this era, I by no means dated another man till in 2010 after I took in for him.
“He threatened me and tried to pressure me to have an abortion however I refused.
“He insisted that I ought to abort the being pregnant as a result of he was about to retire from the service to satisfy his household in Ogun State.
“After I refused to abort the being pregnant, he informed me that if I used to be delivered of a child woman, he would take it as a result of he didn’t have a lady amongst his youngsters. But when it was a child boy, he wouldn’t take it.
“After a heated argument, he agreed to take accountability for the child.
“Earlier than then, he had given me N30,000 to abort the being pregnant, however I refused.
“He finally retired in 2010 as a Commissioner of Police on the Drive Headquarters in Abuja.
“When he was relocating to his village in Ogun State, he gave me N150,000 to deal with myself and begin a enterprise, promising to deal with the child when delivered. We had been in fixed contact on the cellphone.
“On July 3, 2011, I used to be delivered of a child boy by CS (Caesarian Part) on the Nationwide
hospital Abuja. My hospital invoice was N467,000, however he solely despatched N125,000 for me to settle the invoice.
“Since then, he stopped selecting my calls till in April 2018 when he picked it and informed me to not disturb him once more as he was having fun with his retirement along with his household in Ogun State.
“Since then, I’ve shut myself inside me. It has been an immense emotional injury and I’ve been carrying all of the stress of life on my own.
“He has refused to listen to me out. I needed him to listen to me out, to indicate that he cares about how I really feel and to note what I’m going by.”
Eunice recalled that life turned so tough for her in Abuja that taking good care of herself and her little boy turned tough.
She mentioned: “I made a decision to relocate to Lafia in January 2017 to begin a beer parlour. However it’s not transferring, and I can’t afford the little boy’s college charges and deal with his wants.
“I’m going by a really tough patch.
“If he denies that he’s not my son’s father, let him come in order that we are able to go for DNA check. The place does he need me to take his son to?
“He’s the organic father of my son, and it’s higher he comes out and take accountability.”
I wish to see daddy, says little David
Lending his voice to his mom’s cry that his father ought to have a rethink, eight-year-old David mentioned in an emotion laden voice: “My father left us even earlier than I used to be born. My mom was rejected and was alone when she delivered me.
“My father rejected the being pregnant however my mom refused to abort it. As a single mum or dad, my mum summoned braveness to carry me up.
“How I want I knew my father! How I want I met him! I used to be nonetheless in my mom’s womb when he fled and refused to take accountability.
“Think about the trauma of rising up with out a father!
“However I thank God for the reward of a superb mom. She bought her garments and did all types of menial Jobs to deal with me.
“She has needed to borrow cash from individuals which resulted in so many insults and humiliation, only for her to see me by college.
She is doing her greatest to fill the vacuum left by my father who’s having fun with his retirement in Ogun State and has refused to set his eyes on me or hear my voice.”
‘I wish to turn into a lawyer’
David, a Major Three pupil, says his ambition is to turn into a lawyer or a reverend father when he grows up. He appealed to CP Shittu (rtd) to mood justice with mercy if his mom offended him and decide him up in order that he would know his place of birth.
“I’m a lot lacking my daddy. I don’t know why he rejected me. My future is vibrant,” he mentioned, bursting into tears.
Eunice mentioned her dilemma now’s that her son may be very eager on assembly his father.
“He (Shittu) has not seen him since he was born, and he’s being harassed in class as a result of he can’t inform his college mates who his father is.
“He’s nagging and I don’t assume he’s going to let go of this till he will get to the underside of the matter.
“At the same time as little as he’s, he’s very clever and doing very nicely in class.
“I don’t simply know what to do now as his father has refused to see him or hear from him.
“Initially, he was education at New Age Academy College in Lafia. The college charge was N12,000 however I can’t afford it now, so I transferred him to Eunice Christian Academy, Lafia the place the college charge is N7,000 per time period.
“But it’s not straightforward to pay and nonetheless deal with his different wants.
“He continually tells me he desires to be a lawyer or a reverend father.”
CP Shittu’s response
Contacted on his cell phone by our correspondent, CP Shittu (rtd) admitted understanding Eunice.
He, nevertheless, mentioned he was not within the mode to answer the reporter’s enquiries as a result of he was busy.
“I do know the lady you might be speaking about. I additionally know concerning the being pregnant,” he mentioned. “However I’m very
busy now. Allow us to speak later.”
Nevertheless, subsequent calls made to his cellphone went unanswered.