A middle-aged man has been arrested for allegedly beating his yet-to-be-identified pregnant spouse to coma in Aguluezechukwu, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The victim, a native of Ozalla village in Isuofia, also in the same Council Area reportedly reside with her supposed spouse responsible for the pregnancy.
The pregnant lady was said to have been chased out of the house by her family members for getting pregnant for a man outside wedlock; a development that compelled her to relocate to Aguluezechukwu to stay with the impregnator.
A viral video showed the battered victim rolling on the ground and struggling for her life after she was beaten to stupor by the supposed spouse.
A resident, simply identified as Onyeamụma, who videotaped the incident, revealed that the culprit, identified as Chukwunaeme Aṅulobi, had always beaten and manhandled the pregnant spouse since she came to live with him.
“I have always asked why she came to live with somebody who is not her husband, and they said that her family members chased her out of the house to go and live with the person who impregnated her.
“Ever since she came here, she has always suffered different kinds of maltreatments and molestations from the hand of this man who did this to her,” he said (in Igbo language).
Onyeamụma also criticized the suspect for doing such thing to the pregnant lady whom, he said, he had mended with blows, condemning it as a
Describing the act as wickedness and man’s inhumanity to man, Onyeamụma called on the victim’s family members and entire people of Ozalla Isuofia to come for their daughter before she died p0 in the hands of the supposed spouse.
“Isuofia people come and carry your daughter ooo! Come and carry your daughter before they kill her here. See what they did to her. Come to Aguluezechukwu, and ask of Aṅulobi Family, after St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Aguluezechukwu.
“Use this picture to trace her. The person who did this to her is Chukwunaeme, Chukwunaeme Aṅulobi. Come and carry your daughter…” he said (also in Igbo language).
The suspect, Chukwunaeme, who was briefly captured in the video, was seen attempting to stop the videographer from videotaping and exposing what happened; but was challenged by the videographer.
The suspect, who is a stammerer, was heard alleging that Onyeamụma and other neighbors had never intervened when he had issues with people, only to videotape him while beating his pregnant spouse to stupor.
“You people have never come out to save me all this while that people have beaten me here; and now, because of this small thing I beat her, you people have come out. But when people wanted to kill me here, you people did not come out,” he said in Igbo language.
Reacting, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Mrs Ify Obinabo said the suspect has been arrested, describing the act as unacceptable.
She reassured that anyone found guilty of such molestation must be legally dealt with.