The Anambra state government said it has launched an investigation into the death of a woman, Ogochukwu Anene, who was allegedly killed by her husband, Wilson Uwadiegwu, over a loaf of bread.
The commissioner for Women and Social Welfare in the state, Ify Obinabo, made it known this Wednesday in Awka, when she received the victim’s mother, Cordelia Anene, in her office.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that a clip trending on social media alleged that the victim, popularly known as Ada Awka, was beaten to death by her husband over a loaf of bread.
The Commissioner, Ms. Obinabo, said that the Anambra State Government was cooperating with the Enugu State Government in the investigation to obtain justice for the deceased.
“As the deceased is from Anambra, the state government will not remain silent about the unfortunate incident, but will ensure that a thorough investigation is carried out and concluded in record time,” he said.
Obinabo urged women in abusive marriages to always speak up and seek help instead of dying in silence.
The victim’s mother, Mrs. Anene, who denounced that her daughter was murdered by her husband, said that the suspect “fled immediately after carrying out the act.”
She asked the state government to come to her aid and bring justice to her daughter.
Mrs Anene said: “Ogochukwu was beaten by her husband because she ate the loaf of bread that he bought for the children.
“When the children wanted to eat, he would get angry because they asked him about the bread and he would pounce on her with a mirror and other objects that left her in a bad state.
“A few days after the beating, my daughter was hospitalized at the Niger Foundation in Enugu, where they said she suffered internal bleeding as a result of an injury sustained during the beating.
“The doctors confirmed this after a series of scans were carried out and we were referred to Enugu State University (UNTH) Teaching Hospital, Ituku-Ozalla. While all this was happening, the husband was nowhere to be found.”
She said the investigating police officer is putting pressure on the family to “drop the case.”
The victim’s family has not yet been informed about the result of the autopsy, he said.
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