The Rivers state police command has detained 3 persons in connection to the physical assault on a 46 years old woman, love Nwanyanwu who was allegedly beaten by the leader of Etche Legislative Assembly BLANKSON Nwanyanwu.
The police public relations officer Nnamdi Omoni after interviewing the suspects who participated in brutalizing the mother of 6, said the command is detaining the suspect who admitted their various roles in assaulting the woman who is said to be his brothers wife.
Recall that the 46 years old woman love Nwanyanwu had on Monday last week raised alarm over threat to her life by members of her husband family.The battered woman, Love Nwanyawu, told journalists in Port Harcourt, that the Councillor, who was her husband’s younger brother, along with two others, beat her to a pulp over allegation that she was a witch, and has been bringing misfortunes to the family.
With a badly battered, swollen face, lacerations and bruises on her head, Mrs Nwanyawu said her ordeal began when she traveled to her husband’s hometown, Omualu community, and overheard the Councillor, his sister and a male relative, shouting on top of their voices in an intense argument.
Police PRO SP Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed receipt of the complaint, saying that the matter was being investigated. He said the police is detaining the suspect for further interrogation
The counselor and the leader of Etche Legislative Assembly BLANKSON Nwanyanwu however denied directly assaulting his brother wife, he said although love Nwanyanwu insulted him verbally, that he brushed her off and left the scene. He claimed that his brother’s wife insulted him. “This woman keeps insulting me every day, when I have not had any issue with her. I have tolerated more than I can bear,”
Blackson claimed that the victim has been disparaging his reputation in the social media and pleaded for restrain
Correspondent Anita Ogona reports that the 3 persons detained by the police are Ruth Amadi, Chukwudi Nwanyanwu, and Gladys Nwanyanwu.
The Rivers State branch of the International Federation of Female Lawyers (FIDA) Vice Chairman was also present at the meeting,
The Rivers state chairman of Rivers Civil Society Organizations Enefa Georgewill called on the police authority to jettison the Idea of backyard settlement, as Elders and Chiefs From Etche were calling on the command to withdraw the matter so they can handle it in their traditional way, Enefa says they were closely monitoring the case to ensure justice.
A Port Harcourt-based rights activist, and the secretary of Center For Basic Rights and accountability Prince Wiro, enjoined the police to ensure that the woman gets justice.
He said “It is inconceivable that a woman can be so beaten and battered because they feel that they are above the law. This is a clear case of human rights abuse. All those involved should be prosecuted to serve as deterrent that nobody is above the law”,