Police arrest woman for niece’s refusal to marry

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(m) at 10-02-2014 05:51AM (6 years ago)

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There was a mild drama at the Ojodu Police Division, Lagos State on Saturday over the arrest of a woman, Mrs. Joy Idenyi, by two policemen from the Bauchi State Police Command.

Idenyi’s arrest was prompted by a warrant from a Bauchi Magistrate’s Court B for the alleged abduction of her niece, Patience Joseph. Patience’s father, Joseph, had reportedly made an application to that effect.

While waiting for the policemen to complete the paper work at Ojodu, Joy told PUNCH Metro that she  received a call around 10am on Saturday from her neighbours that her husband, Shuaibu, had been arrested.

She said, “When I got the call that my husband had been taken to the Ojodu Police Station.  I rushed down there to discover that Patience’s father was there. The policemen had come with a warrant for my arrest – for allegedly abducting Patience.”

Denying the claim, Joy said Patience had fled to Lagos sometime last year.

She said, “Patience came to me because she did not want to marry the man that her parents had arranged for her and I tried to help as best as I could.”

Programme Officer for Project Alert on Violence Against Women, a non-governmental organisation, Tobi Ashekun, told PUNCH Metro that the body was aware of the matter.

She said, “We have been on this case for almost a year. The first time we met Patience was in March 2013. After fleeing her home in Bauchi, her aunt, Joy, brought her to our office. She told us that she had not turned 18 and that she was being forced to marry someone her father had picked out for her.

“The matter was reported at the Ojodu Police Division, but while Patience was still with Joy, her mother travelled down from Bauchi and took Patience away.”

PUNCH Metro gathered that Patience eventually married the man picked for her. However, a few days after the marriage, Patience again fled her matrimonial home  to Lagos.

Ashekun said, “We invited Patience’s parents and her husband for a meeting in Lagos. Patience told them she had no interest in the marriage. She said she wanted to further her education instead.

“Her parents wanted her to go back with them, but she refused. So we told the parents that until they could sign an undertaking with Lagos State Child Welfare, promising not to force her to marry the man, Patience would not be released to them. Presently Patience is at a safe location; she has not been abducted.”

Project Alert’s Lawyer, Mr. Benjamin Okweu, condemned the arrest, saying the facts must have been misrepresented before the court.

He said, “The father who made this application had sworn an affidavit that Patience was 18 years old at the time she was married. Now for that same man to turn around and say the same girl has been abducted by her aunt is mischievous.

“If indeed Patience is an adult, then she has the right to leave home. Patience has told us that she was 17 at the time she was married. We intend to file an application before the Federal High Court Lagos for the dissolution of that marriage.”

A copy of the warrant made available to PUNCH Metro read that Joy was charged with abduction contrary to sections 272 and 273 of the penal code.

Joy, accompanied by two policemen, eventually left the Ojodu Police Station around 4pm for Bauchi. She left in company with her one-year-old baby.

winace (f) at 10-02-2014 07:00AM
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Funny how pple force their children into a loveless marriage after d man is thru wit her youthful body, he will abandon her and luk for maybe a 12 or 13yrs old girl for refreshment of his ailing body. Rubbish
Lateef67 (m) at 10-02-2014 07:28AM
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Naija wt wahala
engrtope (m) at 10-02-2014 07:41AM
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no wahala
angesco (f) at 10-02-2014 08:12AM
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Why is it in such domestic situations the Nigeria Police use all their resources to effect an arrest. If this had been an armed robbery incident or a real kidnap case they would be at a loss as to what step to take next!!!
eoadex2003 (m) at 10-02-2014 08:31AM
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Quote from: angesco on 10-02-2014 08:12AM
Why is it in such domestic situations the Nigeria Police use all their resources to effect an arrest. If this had been an armed robbery incident or a real kidnap case they would be at a loss as to what step to take next!!!
k4short2 (f) at 10-02-2014 09:02AM
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Nawa, I tire 2 lament
zeigbo (m) at 10-02-2014 10:14AM
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Na dem sabi

elmatado (m) at 10-02-2014 10:44AM
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Quote from: zeigbo on 10-02-2014 10:14AM
Na dem sabi
coffe wey I dey drink comot for my nose as I read this
Abusiddiq (m) at 10-02-2014 12:26PM
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 Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool
okilo101 (m) at 10-02-2014 12:31PM
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Dem palaver!
emekaeneh (m) at 10-02-2014 12:50PM
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But why the arrest na?
Eneh say so via nokia 3310
dareper (m) at 10-02-2014 12:51PM
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Poverty is the cause
PeacetoU (f) at 10-02-2014 02:09PM
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maybe the man has money
saintchyka (f) at 10-02-2014 04:37PM
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Quote from: emekaeneh on 10-02-2014 12:50PM
But why the arrest na?
Eneh say so via nokia 3310
My brother abeg help me ask dem!  Roll Eyes Undecided
gbojac (m) at 10-02-2014 09:44PM
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Why ?
osamabinladin (m) at 10-02-2014 09:53PM
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 Roll Eyes
ozzeey (f) at 11-02-2014 02:46AM
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deboalabi262 (m) at 11-02-2014 03:57AM
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 Huh? Huh?

dickman2 (m) at 11-02-2014 10:31AM
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 Huh? Huh? Huh? Huh?
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