by Dolapo Adelana
The Ogun state police command has arrested Ifeanyi Ajaero, 37, for allegedly chaining his 28-year-old wife, Obiageli, to a generating set from nightfall till dawn, after battering her, according to The Sun.
A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the incident occurred at Ewooluwo Sagamu in Sagamu Local Government Area of the state.
Oyeyemi said the suspect who was a member of the disbanded Merchant Navy, chained his wife with a handcuff.
The PPRO, further stated that “the people in the neighbourhood who had witnessed frequent beatings of Obiagelli by her husband, alerted the police over the latest 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”.
When interrogated, the suspect admitted chaining the woman to the generator, but he claimed his action was in self-defence.
Describing the action “a height of wickedness”, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ahmed Iliyasu, ordered that the case be transferred immediately to the anti-human trafficking and child labour unit of the state investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and prosecution.
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.