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Surge in domestic violence, abuse in Nigerian homes



…Man chops uncle’s wife to pieces in Benue, uses her head for pepper soup
…Wife stabs Kebbi magistrate to death
…Five minors rescued from Enugu construction site

WITH dust yet to settle over circumstances surrounding controversial death of late gospel artiste, Osinachi Nwachukwu, in her husband’s house recently, Nigerians witnessed another round of questionable deaths caused by domestic violence.

  While a 45-year-old man from Igwe Ochekpo in Oju Local Government Area of Benue State, one Jeremiah Ode was caught eating his uncle’s 65-year-old wife, Mrs. Priscilla Adoga’s head after allegedly killing her before chopping her body to pieces in her farm, a 30-year-old woman, Farida Abubakar, has been arrested for stabbing her estranged husband, Attahiru Ibrahim Zagga, to death.

  Neighbours said Zagga was a magistrate employed in the state judiciary.

  Informing the court that Ode was reported to the police by one Silas Igiri, while arraigning the accused on one-count charge of cannibalism before a Makurdi Magistrate Court, Inspector Omaye Ujata said Ode went to a farm where his victim was working and killed her with a cutlass.

  According to Ujata, after severing her head, he prepared pepper soup with it on the spot and was eating it when he was caught following a search for her when she did not return from the farm in her normal time.

  Similarly, a statement issued yesterday by spokesperson of Kebbi State Police Command, Nafiu Abubakar, said Zagga was stabbed to death by Farida in his Birnin Kebbi house on Thursday night.

  In another development, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), yesterday, rescued five under-aged labourers from a building under construction in Enugu which the agency also sealed.

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  The construction site is a four-storey along Dr. Alex Ekwueme Street on Independence Layout.

  According to South East Zonal Commander of NAPTIP, Nneka Ajie,  the agency raided the location following intelligence report.

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