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The Governor Charles Soludo-led Anambra State Government has announced that they will be setting up a family court which would be put in place to handle matters which are relating to domestic violence.
The Commissioner for Women and Children’s Affairs, Mrs Ify Obinabo had announced this on Monday, while reiterating that the court already has 10 pending cases, with nine suspects remanded.
Obinabo who spoke during a visit by a delegation of a women’s group, the United Business Women and Farmers Association, had revealed that the government of Prof Charles Soludo had zero- tolerance for domestic violence.
She said Anambra had the lowest cases of domestic violence, but stated that the state had recently recorded five deaths occasioned by domestic violence.
“The governor has zero- tolerance for domestic violence, let alone killing one’s spouse; and we as a ministry will continue to ensure that act is put under check.
“We have 10 cases of domestic violence in our family court and out of that number, nine suspects were remanded at the awaiting trial section while one was granted bail.
“But this trend is not in Anambra State alone; our state has one of the lowest cases of death through domestic violence.”
National President of the group, Mrs Nkiru Nwagbo said: “We call on you to help us in building capacity for our members through our various training programmes.
“We have well over 8000 members in Anambra State who believe in our capacity to mitigate their problems through empowerment programmes.”
In another report, the Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), called on the Anambra State Police Command to arrest the suspended Transition Committee Chairman of Nnewi North Local Government Area in Anambra State, Mbazulike Iloka, over the alleged battery of his wife.
In addition to the LG leader’s suspension, the organisation demanded that the state government assure his swift arrest and prosecution.
In a statement on Friday, the national coordinator for HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko, charged the governor of Anambra with making a scapegoat out of the 2017 Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, which criminalised all forms of violence against people while providing victims with protection and legal redress.
An outrage had met the controversial death of IIoka’s wife, Chidiebere, last Sunday, barely a few days after he was sworn in as Nnewi North LGA TC chairman.