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Wife arraigned for beating up physically challenged husband

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-Wife beats up physically challenged husband.

-Disappears with their two children.

38-year-old mother of two, Blessing Igwe, has been arraigned before a Gudu Upper Area Court in Abuja for allegedly beating up her disabled husband all the time.

The accused woman, who was brought to court on Wednesday was also alleged to have previously resisted arrest before she was successfully arrested on the fourth attempt.

Blessing, who resides at CBN Estate at Apo in Abuja, is facing a three-count charge of assault, criminal intimidation and resisting lawful arrest.

The Prosecutor, Mr. Fidelis Ogbobe, said that ‎the complainant, one Robinson Igwe of Choos Estate, Apo reported the matter at the Apo Police Station on Aug. 2.

Ogbobe alleged that the wife was always taking advantage of her husband’s physical challenge to attack him all the time.

“The defendant always takes advantage of her husband’s disability to assault him. The complainant is a physically challenged person, who uses crutches to walk.

“He has been admitted in hospital because of a head injury as a result of assault and battery from his wife.

“Despite police intervention the accused had repeatedly beaten her husband at the slighted provocation.’’

The prosecutor said that the complainant had petitioned the commissioner of police in Abuja on the matter.

He further stated the wife had also absconded for over a year with two children produced by the union.

‎The wife only reappeared on Aug. 1, after more than a year since she left her matrimonial home and sent the husband out of his house for days.

“But when the complainant reported the matter to the police, the defendant resisted arrest on three different occasions until she was finally arrested on the fourth attempt by the police,’’ Ogbobe said.‎

According to him, the offences contravene Sections 265, 397 and 172 of the Penal Code.

The wife, however, pleaded not guilty.

The Presiding Judge, Alhaji Umar Kagarko, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N20, 000 with one surety in like sum.

The case has now been adjourned till October 17.

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