By Ikeugonna Eleke
Anambra State Commissioner for Women’s and Social Welfare, Mrs Ify Obinabo, has said that the chairman of Nnewi North Local Government, Hon Mbazulike Iloka, will not go Scot free if found to have killed his wife.
Hon Iloka’s wife, Chidiebere, had allegedly slumped and died on Sunday morning at their residence in Nnewi.
The local government chairman had stated that she slumped and died owing to health issues related to blood pressure.
The late Mrs Iloka’s relatives however doubted the claims, pointing out that she was found to have sustained injuries on her body and a major one on her forehead, leading to suspicions that she was murdered.
Anambra State governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, had earlier on Friday, August 12, suspended Mr Iloka indefinitely from his position as local government chairman in order not to interfere with investigations.
But while reacting to the incident in a video, the Commissioner for Women’s and Social Welfare, Mrs Obinabo, said such attitudes like wife battery could not be tolerated by the Soludo Administration.
‘Investigations have commenced already. If he is found to be truly responsible for her death, I bet you, he will face the music. The Soludo Administration is one that everyone knows that has zero tolerance for this kind of story.
‘There is no way this kind of thing, if it is true and was committed on our soil, will see the person go scot free at the end of the day.
‘For some people that have been clamouring for justice, I want to use this opportunity to tell them that they must see justice at the end of the day,’ the commissioner assured.
Speaking further, Mrs Obinabo said she had met with relatives of the deceased lady, who, she disclosed, had confirmed that the lady had always been a victim of domestic violence in the hands of her husband.
‘I had discussions with two of the family members and they told me that the man was fond of beating her. They said it was neither the first nor the second or even the third time such would happen, and that is why they suspect that she was killed.
‘They said the man is fond of beating her from time to time,’ the commissioner stated.
She admonished men against domestic violence, saying that it was better for them to take a walk out of the home when situations became unbearable and that once they returned, things would have normalized.