A woman who gave her name as Onyinyechi Ozokolo has narrated how her husband, Ndubueze Ozokolo, 40 years, attempted to bite off her eyes with his teeth.
The 38-year-old petty trader of 6 children who hails from Ndiuno-Obinofia, Ezeagu, Enugu State, stated that the incident happened on August 19, 2022 at their residence.
Onyinyechi, who has been married to her husband since 2009, revealed that her agony began in 2019, immediately after she took in for her fourth child.
Narrating her story she said: “After the birth of our third child, my husband instructed that I must not get pregnant. I suggested family planning but he was against it, saying that it is against his church doctrine.
“In 2016, I took in. Then my problem began. Even as I was pregnant, he beat me with machete, sent me out of the house at nights and I slept in a car outside till the morning.
“On 19 August, 2022, he was beating our 13-year-old daughter with machete on her breast, so I tried to stop him from causing grievous harm on the girl. He then turned towards me, held me on my neck trying to chock me with his hand around my neck. When I tried to defend myself, he bit my left eyes.
“My neighbors forced him to take me to the hospital as he tried to escape after beating me. We got to the hospital and he abandoned me there. I was only taken care of by my 13-year-old daughter.”
The victim also noted that her husband constantly battered her over minor issues during that period, adding that he sometimes used a wooden spatula to hit her on the same wounded eye.
Mrs. Ozokolo explained that she passed out one on occasion when her husband bit her on her neck. She bled from this incident, thinking she was passing out urine.
Worried over the incident, the Founding Director of WCJIN, Mrs. Amaka Ilodigwe, called on relevant authorities to intervene to ensure justice has its way.
“It was obvious the wound is bite. The day she was brought to my office with a deep cut on her eyelid, it was profusely bleeding. Now the eye is dripping water because this is not the first time he will be hitting her on that eye.
Ilodigwe said that WCJIN would ensure that justice prevailed in the matter as the man would be arraigned in court soon; the man showed no remorse.
She appealed to good-spirited Nigerians to assist the victim financially in order to overcome her current predicament and establish a business.
Also, the Chairperson, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Enugu Chapter, Comrade Ngozi Ngene noted that the group has zero tolerance for sexual gender-based violence.
She maintained that the fundamental rights and dignity of woman must be upheld and respected.