A man who was allegedly caught while trying to bury a newborn baby delivered by his 16-year-old lover has reportedly attacked his wife.
Reports say the man, identified as Ifeanyi Ezenwankwo, attacked his wife, Ekwutosi Ezenwankwo, who had raised alarm over the incident.
This was disclosed on Thursday [today] via a Press statement issued by Ms. Chidinmma Ikeanyionwu, the Media Aide to the Anambra State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Ify Obinabo.
Ikeanyionwu said the suspect was immediately arrested by security operatives, while his wife was rescued after the ministry was alerted to the development.
The statement reads, “One Ekwutosi Ezenwankwo, a woman from Agbiligba Nanka, has been rescued from her husband, Ifeanyi Ezenwankwo, who had attacked her with machete for refusing to aid and abet his criminal activities.
“According to the woman, the husband who is also a native of Nanka is always in the habit of impregnating one 16-year-old girl and afterward, aborted the pregnancies; but he ran out of luck when the said 16-year-old became pregnant again and the pregnancy could not be aborted.
“The wife of the culprit said that trouble started when she came back home from where she had gone to and met her husband and the 16-year-old girl burying the newborn baby and when she raised the alarm, the husband brutally descended on her and wounded her together with her children.
“The woman noted that she had earlier observed what was going on between her husband and the young girl and had quickly warned that nothing should happen to the unborn child, a situation, she said, made the husband to hide the girl in his chambers.
“She also revealed that the husband also threatened to kill her, which, according to her, has been a constant occurrence, citing instances where community members had rescued her from her husband anytime he embarked on the mission of silencing her.
“When she was asked what started the issue, Ekwutosi said that their problem started when the husband married another woman and ever since has not been contributing to the upkeep and welfare of the children.”
The statement added that the suspect has been arrested and is currently in police custody while investigations are ongoing.