The Nigerian Bar Association Women Forum has condemned the alleged killing of a lawyer, Adaeze Ikpeama, by her husband, Anthony.
It was gathered that the six-month pregnant Adaeze was allegedly beaten by her husband at their residence in Lagos, which made her to become unconscious.
It was learnt that the Madonna University trained lawyer was rushed to a hospital, where she was placed on oxygen.
The deceaseds colleague Chukwudi Iwuchukwu who chronicled the incident on his Facebook page alleged that Anthony went to the hospital to remove the oxygen mask, which led to Adaeze suffering cardiac arrest and her eventual death.
Iwuchukwu noted that the couple had been at loggerheads since they got married in 2014, adding that the COVID-19 lockdown increased the domestic violence that the deceased faced daily as Anthony turned her into a punching bag.
Even when relatives from both sides intervened several times by pleading with Anthony to stop beating his wife if not for anything, she was the mother of his kids and his partner, the man was obtuse as he continued to beat the poor girl any time he was not in a good mood.
Few days ago another round of beating started and this time round, it was very intense which eventually ended up with him taking her life.
His focus was the tummy as he was punching her 6 months pregnant tummy with rioteous anger and all the energy he could muster.
He did not stop till she gave up and went into a coma. When Adaeze went into a coma and was rushed to the hospital by her good neighbours who came to her aid, Anthony followed them to the hospital and immediately she was admitted and oxygen was placed on her to resuscitate her, the husband went to her bedside and then removed the oxygen mask and that was how Adaeze suffered cardiac arrest and died, the colleague narrated.
Iwuchukwu, who added that Anthony was arrested, said he was granted bail by the police on the grounds that the couple’s children were too young to be left alone.
However Iwuchukwu noted that Anthony was later re-arrested by policemen from the Zone 2 Police Command after public outcry about his release.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the suspect was not released, adding that the case involved murder.
He said, “The man was not released. It is a murder case and it is not subjected to bail. The police do not have the power to release him on bail, not in that circumstance. As of yesterday (Monday), he was at the Ajah Police Station, and today (Tuesday), he was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department Panti.
The NBAWF in a statement by its Head of Advocacy Committee, Folashade Alli, urged the security agencies to investigate the matter and prosecute the man.
The statement read, “We are distressed to learn that the abuse by her husband was alleged to have gone on over the years. It is painful to know that our late colleague an advocate who holds the brief of others had her life ended in such gruesome circumstances.
“To this end we demand from the relevant security agencies that the circumstances leading to the death of our dear colleague be thoroughly investigated and the culprit prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
“We have also noted a rise in cases of domestic violence in our society at large. We, therefore, use this medium to call on our female lawyers to speak up and out on domestic violence issues using the platform of the NBAWF, so that such issues can be handled proactively.”
The NBAWF has put in place mechanisms and platforms to help female lawyers to protect themselves in such situations. We will work with the relevant security agencies, family members and friends of our late colleague to ensure that our colleague gets justice.