In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 15th, August, 2020

How A Man Chained His Personal Spouse To A Pillar For 10 Hours And Disappeared With Key In Ebonyi

How A Man Chained His Own Wife To A Pillar For 10 Hours And Disappeared With Key In Ebonyi

Ebonyi couple

The 16-year-old marriage between one Mr.Uchechukwu Ani from Nmaku in Enugu state and and his spouse, Mrs. Ngozi Uchechkwu Ani, from Ifitedum in Anambra State which began in 2002 with mutual affection and guarantees of long-lasting love and unity has snowballed into mutual mistrust, accusations and counter-accusations of adultery and protracted battery.

Maybe, it’s secure to say that the as soon as stunning union is now on the verge of dissolution because the love between the couple has gone irredeemably bitter. The couple who presently resides at No. 1 Ike Avenue, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, had been residing fortunately along with their 4 kids together with a set of twins till suspicion of mutual dishonest crept into the wedding and shattered the twine of affection and mutual respect that after sure them collectively.

Tethered to a pillar

Ngozi is a instructor whereas her husband is a self-confessed marijuana seller. Saturday Solar gathered that the couple has been residing like cat and mouse for years now. The crack within the marriage, nonetheless, grew to become a public matter when on Tuesday, 28th July 2020,  Uchechukwu dragged his spouse to a pillar in their compound, chained her with padlock and ran away with the important thing.

The lady was stated to be in chains for greater than 10 hours earlier than her offended neigbours drew the eye of the Particular Assistant to Governor David Umahi on Inside Safety (Capital Metropolis), Mr.Nchekwube Aniakor, to her plight. It took the intervention of Mr.Aniokor and his males to rescue the girl. The SA had contacted a welder who got here to the compound and broke the padlock and set the girl free.

Chatting with journalists on the incident, Mr.Aniakor condemned the behaviour of the person, noting that he took the regulation into his arms and vowed to see to his arrest and prosecution. He stated: “I bought a name man residing at No.1 Ike Avenue, Mr Uche Chukwuani, chained his spouse to a pillar of their constructing and ran away with the important thing.

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“I needed to ship a welder who lower the chain. One query stored on coming to my thoughts: what did this lady do to warrant being chained like a canine by her personal husband? Does no matter transpired warrant such dehumanization? Folks ought to at all times watch out with what they do as a result of ignorance will not be an excuse in regulation.’’

How and why I used to be chained for hours – Lady

Narrating her ordeal, Ngozi stated her husband has turned her right into a punching bag for the larger a part of their 16-year marriage. Talking amid tears, she stated: “My husband will not be a superb individual; he smokes loads and womanizes too. I didn’t detect all these habits earlier than our marriage as a result of we didn’t have the chance of courting earlier than we bought married.”

Giving perception into the reason for the newest incident, she disclosed that her husband returned on a Sunday evening after a five-day absence from house and accused her of masterminding the arrest of his girlfriend who additionally offers within the marijuana enterprise.

“He stated they have been destroying his enterprise, by consistently inviting NDLEA individuals who had been arresting him for drug offences and insisted that I used to be an NDLEA informant. He stated that I used to be additionally courting the NDLEA officers. And that I used to be accumulating some proportion from the cash they make after arresting him. I used to be attempting to sleep however he stated I’ll by no means sleep till I’m going to the NDLEA workplace and bail his girlfriend from their custody. He began beating me. He was smoking Indian hemp as he beat me. He coughed severally and spat on my face. He later chained me to a pillar in our flat.”

Husband confirms allegation, states why he did so

However talking on his cell phone from his hideout, Uchechukwu accused his spouse of disrespecting him as a result of he doesn’t have cash to cater for the household. He additionally accused her of conniving with the Nigeria Drug Legal guidelines Enforcement Company (NDLEA) officers to extort him. “She introduced them to our home and so they collected N850,000 from me. My spouse reported me severally to NDLEA. And he or she at all times referred to as me an armed robber and drug seller. Sure, I’m a drug seller however not an armed robber.

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“She informed me that the NDLEA officers stated the cash have to be shared into two earlier than they launch me. However I insisted that the NDLEA officers didn’t see any drug besides my cash. She stated I had higher cooperate with the company because the operatives already knew I offered drug. I then agreed to observe them. Shockingly, my spouse introduced again solely N200, 000 out of the N850, 000.

“There was a time I requested her to deal with the youngsters so I can go and ship items to a few of my clients with out figuring out that she had already set me up with NDLEA operatives and I used to be arrested after I bought there. They destroyed my items and went forward to arrest my girlfriend who’s harmless. So I used to be not pleased about her arrest. That is why I made a decision to place her in the identical situation she put my girlfriend so that she is going to really feel the ache that my girlfriend was feeling.’’ 

Genesis of the issue

Talking additional, Ngozi traced the origin of the issue of their marriage to the marriage reward her father gave them after their wedding ceremony. She stated her father had referred to as them and given them a flat of residence from his property as their wedding ceremony reward. She stated she didn’t know that her husband had anticipated one thing larger than a flat as wedding ceremony reward.

“After our wedding ceremony in 2004, he stated he was not pleased with our marriage. He stated that the marriage reward from my father was not sufficient for a primary daughter. He stated he wanted one thing tangible like landed property. I pleaded with him to chill out and that his character would entice extra issues to us from my father. However my husband didn’t hear to me. As a substitute, he remained embittered, going out of the home and returning any time he favored with out letting me know his whereabouts. I didn’t know what to do however my father was a supply of encouragement to me.

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“I went by way of hell throughout my three pregnancies together with the third one from which I used to be delivered of twins. Home violence has been happening in my marriage; my husband beats me at will, inflicts accidents on me.”

NGO vows to pursue justice for lady

In her response to the incident, the Chairperson of Federation of Worldwide Ladies Attorneys (FIDA) Ebonyi State, Mrs. Grace Chima, condemned the actions of Uchechukwu Ani, saying that dehumanization of girls in Nigeria should cease. She acknowledged that the suspect can be prosecuted for all of the beatings and different dehumanizing acts he meted out on his spouse.

“We really feel unhappy about this, and we keep that it’s uncalled for. And that’s the reason we converse in opposition to home violence wherever we go,” she stated. “Other than battering the girl mercilessly, the suspect went to the extent of chaining her within the presence of her kids who have been crying and begging him to launch their mom. He can not take the legal guidelines into his hand and go scot-free. He should face the music. The second he’s apprehended, we’ll do our job which is to render free authorized providers to the girl to make sure she will get justice.’’

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Supply: Saturday Solar

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