From Laide Raheem, Abeokuta
A 37-year-old man, Ifeanyi Ajaero, has been nabbed by the police in Ogun State for allegedly chaining his 28-year-old wife, Obiageli to a generating set from nightfall till dawn, after she had been seriously battered.
In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the incident occurred at Ewooluwo Sagamu in Sagamu Local Government Area of the state.
According to Oyeyemi, an ASP, the suspect who was a member of the already disbanded Merchant Navy, chained his wife with a hand-cuff. He added that the woman became very weak as a result of the serious beating she received from the suspect.
The PPRO further stated that “neighbours who witnessed how the woman was beaten by her husband, alerted the police to the incident, consequent upon which the DPO of Sagamu division, SP Aduroja Moses, led his men to the scene, rescued the victim and got the suspect arrested.”
On interrogation, however, the suspect admitted chaining the woman to a generator, but claimed his action was in self defence. The suspect also alleged that his wife is troublesome.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ahmed Iliyasu, who described the action of the suspect as “height of wickedness”, has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to anti-human trafficking and child labour unit of the State Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.
He declared that the command would not tolerate any act of domestic violence irrespective of who was involved.