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Domestic Violence: Police Arrest Nnewi North TC Chairman

By Jude Atupulazi

The Police in Anambra State have arrested the Transition Committee Chairman of Nnewi North Local Government Area, in Anambra State, Mbazulike Iloka, over complicity in the death of his wife, Chidiebere Iloka.

The suspended Transition Chairman of Nnewi North Local Government Area, Mr Mbazulike Iloka, has been arrested by the Anambra State Police Command following suspicions of complicity in his wife’s death.

Iloka who was recently sworn in as T.C. chairman of the LGA, was suspended by the state governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, a week after, following the alleged killing of the wife.

Iloka had long denied culpability in the wife’s death, claiming that he had never touched her but that she slipped and fell, hitting her head on concrete wall while serving him breakfast on a Sunday.

A source confirmed that the suspended chairman, known as Mba Mba, was arrested and detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Awka, Anambra State, under charges of culpable homicide.

His arrest, it was gathered, was as a result of a petition by the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA) last Monday addressed to the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, at the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters. Confirming Iloka’s arrest, the Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Tochukwu Ikenga, said Iloka was in their custody and urged members of the public to be patient as the autopsy, he said, would prove the cause of the wife’s death; even as he said investigations were still ongoing.

HURIWA had in a statement earlier issued after the suspension of the chairman, urged the Anambra State Police Command to arrest the suspect, saying that his suspension was not enough.

The group urged the state government to ensure the immediate arrest and prosecution of the LG boss beyond his suspension.

HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, in the statement, tasked Governor Chukwuma Soludo to make a scapegoat of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act domesticated in Anambra in 2017 which criminalised all types of violence against persons, and offering protection and remedies for victims.

Onwubiko who said the suspension of Iloka by the state government was not enough, had urged Gov Soludo to order the immediate arrest, investigation and prosecution of the suspect, warning thatanything short of that was, according to him, leniency taken too far.

‘Anambra is notorious for domestic and gender-based violence in homes, churches, offices, markets, motor parks, and even in commercial buses.

‘The governor must send a strong warning to the aggressors by publicly shaming the LG boss within the ambit of the law. An autopsy must be carried out immediately and the outcome must not be compromised. There must be no cover-ups,’ Onwubiko insisted.