Man apprehended in Borno for starving, ‘detaining’ wife for two years


For allegedly dehumanising, locking up, and starving his wife for nearly two years in the Maiduguri Metropolitan Area of Borno State, a suspect, Abdullahi Isa, has been apprehended by the police.

Following a report by rights groups, the suspect was arrested by men of the Gwange Police Division

A video obtained showed a woman being carried into a waiting ambulance on Friday.

A women and children’s rights activist, Comrade Lucy D. Yunana, who was seen in the video, confirmed that the arrest took place in the Gwange 3 area of Maiduguri on Friday.

According to her, Bulama of Gwange took her staff to the suspect’s residence where the woman had been locked up for nearly two years.

She stated, “Thankfully, our staff were conducting some awareness on SGBV in Gwange when Bulama of the area took our staff to the house where she was locked up and what they saw was indeed terrible and prompted us to inform the relevant authority to save the woman’s life.”

She explained that they went there along with the Zonal Coordinator of the Human Rights Commission, Barr. Jumai Mshelia, and saw her in the room, in a bad and dehumanized condition.

She added that she was taken to the hospital where medics are working to revive her.

Isa Abdullahi, the suspect, alleged that they had seven children together but all were dead, alleging that his wife was being tormented by an evil spirit which was the reason he locked her up.

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