Crime and Security

Public servant beats, threatens to kill wife in Abuja

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An Abuja based public servant was, Monday, dragged to an Upper Area Court for assaulting his wife and even threatening to kill her.

The police arraigned the public servant, Ekwugbalu Anthony, a resident of Sabon Estate Life Camp before the Upper Area Court in Karmo Abuja, and charged him with criminal intimidation.

Police  prosecutor, Ijeoma Ukagha, told the court that the defendant’s wife, Adeline,  reported the matter at the Life Camp Police Station on Feb. 28.

Ukagha said the defendant allegedly threatened to kill her.

She alleged that the defendant went to their children’s school and tried to sign them out but the school authority refused.

Ukagha said the complainant reported that she feels unsafe around the defendant due to his persistent threat to kill her and constant beating.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 397 of the Penal Code.

However, the defendants denied committing the offence.

Counsel to the defendant, Mr Idenyi Attah, applied for bail of the defendant on liberal term.

The judge, Alhaji Inuwa Maiwada, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N150, 000 with one surety in like sum.

He ordered that the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

Maiwada, who ordered the counsel to the defendant to try and settle the matter, adjourned the case until March 20, for further hearing.

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