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Man chains wife to pillar in Ebonyi, disappears

* We had to get a welder to cut the chain, says Gov's SA

From SAMSON AKPU, Abakaliki

As if off a page of a Nollywood horror movie script, a man in Ebonyi State is reported to have chained his wife to a pillar in their apartment in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital and disappeared into thin air.

Special Assistant (SA) to Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, on Security and Utility, Capital City, Mr. Saint Nchekwube Anakor, who disclosed this to reporters said Mr. Uche Chukwuani chained his wife Ngozi to a pillar inside their Abakaliki residence and fled to an unknown destination.

Anakor said the victim was chained to the pillar for all of 18 hours before he  (Anakor) brought a welder who cut the chain and set her free.

The couple are married with children.

Asked if the man was having mental challenges, Akor said there was no indication anything was wrong with him, assuring, however, that policemen from Ekeaba Division, Abakaliki, had visited the scene and were already digging into the root cause of the cruel act.

The man must be apprehended and made to face the law, the Governor’s aide further assured.

Anakor narrated: “This evening at no.1 Ike street Abakaliki, we burst a scene where one Mr. Uche Chukwuani chained his wife to a pillar in their building and ran away with the key of the padlock.

“But, thanks to Ekeaba Police Division whose timely response saved the situation. I had to bring a welder who cut the chain with saw-blade before the woman could be set free.

“One question that kept coming to my mind is: what did this woman do that she would be chained like a dog by her own husband? Whatever transpired, does it warrant such dehumanization?

“Most people act in ignorance. Nobody has the right to chain or tie any human being, because it is against the law.

“At the moment, he is on the run, but I wonder how long he will run, because we must catch him. I thank the residents of that area for giving us timely information.

“I advise people to be warry of their actions; ignorance is not an excuse in law.

“I am always on patrol till daybreak, expecting to hear from you. The neighborhood Watch men are stationed in every part of the town protecting your areas. Reach out to us in case of any challenges.”

AbeyaNews could not reach the State Police Spokesman, DSP Loveth Odah, for comments as her mobile lines were switched off. She did not reply to our SMS either.

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