Rivers man hacks wife, flees, police arrest lover

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A man simply identified as Chima and his female lover have reportedly hacked the man’s wife with a machete in Omerelu community, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.

It was gathered that trouble started when the man’s wife identified as Nwakaego confronted him for bringing his female lover into their home on Monday.

The man was said to have fled after realising the enormity of his actions, as blood stains were all over the house.

Elder brother to the battered woman, Anayo Warisi, while speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt said his in-law and his lover attacked his sister, while the man used a machete freely on his wife.

Warisi said his sister was seriously injured, especially on her leg due to the matchete cuts inflicted on her and was rushed to the hospital.

He said,”It was this morning (Monday) my sister’s husband brought another woman to their house. So she asked him why he did that. Him and his lover started beating her sriously.

“Then he cut her all over her body with the matchete, but her leg is worse. My elder ones took her to hospital in Elele, but she was rejected there that the injury is much.

“So, they moved her to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) where she is now.

“We want the husband arrested because it is a case of attempted murder. Nobody knows what will happen next if we allow it to lie low. So let justice be served.”

Meanwhile, a group, the Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign has called for a thorough investigation into the incident.

Secretary of the body in Rivers State, Gladys Oyenmwen, said anyone who is found culpable should be made to face the law.

She said” “Domestic violence under any guise has no place in our society and should not be condoned irrespective of who is involved.

“So, we demand a thorough investigation into the allegations, and anyone found culpable should be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.”

The spokesperson for the Rivers State Police Command, Grace Iringe Koko, confirmed the incident, saying the fleeing man’s lover had been arrested.

“The woman has been arrested, and the case has been transferred to the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department,” she said.

Asked about the man’s whereabouts, Iringe-Koko, a Superintendent of Police, said an investigation was on, and everyone is in top gear to ensure he is arrested.

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