Published On: Wed, May 3rd, 2017

Court threatens hubby with jail term if he comes near his wife for 12 months

GavelAn Ogudu Magistrates’ Court has threatened to jail a father of three, Mr Jonathan Emoghase if he attempted to come close let alone assault his wife in the next 12 months.

The magistrate court gave the warning after issuing an order restraining Emoghase because of incessant physical assault.

Magistrate Olufunke Sule-Amzat specifically declared that  Emoghase would be jailed if he flouted the order.

The restraining order was at the instance of his wife, Janet, who lodged a complaint against him through the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT).

DSVT Coordinator, Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi said that Janet reported a case of physical assault and threat to her life by her husband in February.

The incident was said to have happened at their 6 Funmilayo Close, Ikeja residence around 7pm on January 24.

Janet alleged that her husband has been physically assaulting her since they got married three years ago.

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She has three children for him.

She claimed that the last time he assaulted her, he hit her with stick repeatedly while threatening to kill her.

Following her report, DSVRT referred her to the Family Support Unit (FSU) at the Ketu Police Station which arrested her husband and charged him to court.

Emoghase was arraigned last Thursday before Magistrate Sule-Amzat on a two-count charge of assault and threat to kill Janet.

The charge reads in part: “That you, Jonathan Emoghase, on January 24 at 6 Funmilayo Close, in Ikeja Magisterial District did assault one Janet Ojeikere by beating her up and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 170 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015”.

Count two stated that Emoghase threatened to kill Janet by beating her with a stick thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 230 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

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He pleaded not guilty and was granted N10,000 bail.

Janet requested for a restraining order against her husband, pursuant to the Lagos State Prevention Against Domestic Violence Law, 2007 because he had promised to kill her.

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