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 Girl used as collateral working for me– Creditor

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PostSubject: Girl used as collateral working for me– Creditor   2015-01-08, 06:45

Asuquo Etim, the 42-year-old man
who took a 12-year-old daughter of
Bakassi refugee, Mary Okon, as a
collateral for a N600,000 loan, has
said the girl works for him to feed
his (creditor’s) family.
The PUNCH had on December 30,
2014, exclusively reported that
Mary’s father, Okon, secured the
loan from Etim in installments in
2013, with a view to saving the life
of his first daughter, Blessing, who
was diagnosed with blood cancer.
Blessing, however, died in
September 2013, despite efforts
made to sustain her life.
But speaking with our
correspondent at his residence on
Orok Effiom Street, off Atimbo Road,
Calabar, Cross River State, on
Tuesday, Etim, who described
himself as a contractor working for
the Calabar Urban Development
Agency, absolved himself of child
labour accusation.
He argued that since he had not
been able to secure government
contracts like he used to, he and his
wife, Patience, had resorted to
engaging Mary in street trading.
Etim said, “I gave him (Okon) my
money and even my wife, who
pitied their condition gave out part
of her business capital to him. And
because they didn’t have any
property, they used Mary as
collateral for the loan.
“But as you can see, I am also facing
financial problems now and that is
why my family relocated from the
three-bedroom flat we used to stay
on Nyahasang Street to this one-
room apartment where we now
reside.
“We don’t have money to fend for
ourselves anymore and that is why
Mary has to sell small-small things
like bottled water, garri and palm
oil to feed the family. I don’t have
any plan for her to go to school
because I don’t have money.”
Etim explained that he thought that
Okon, who accompanied our
correspondent on a visit to his
residence, had come to pay off the
debt. He insisted that Mary would
not be released to her father until
the N600,000 loan was repaid.
He added, “I thought he came to
pay off his debt. I would have been
happy and willing to release the
girl. She (Mary) will not reunite
with her parents unless her father
repays the loan.”
Meanwhile, Mary, who was
preparing to hit the streets to hawk
palm oil during the visit to Etim’s
residence on Tuesday, said she
would be very happy to return to
her family who reside at the
Bakassi refugee camp inside St.
Mark Primary School, Akwa Ikot Eyo
Edem, in the Akpabuyo Local
Government Area of Cross River
State.
She said, “When I go out to sell
palm oil, I will not return until 7pm.
I really want to reunite with my
family again and see if I can still go
to school. I will love to become a
lawyer when I grow up.”
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PostSubject: Re: Girl used as collateral working for me– Creditor   2015-01-08, 08:03

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