Home AFRICA The Nigerian Army alleged yesterday that some unpatriotic elements were colluding with foreigners for the purpose of derailing the swearing in of newly elected government on May 29, thereby disrupting the democratic process. “Some of these mischievous elements thought that we would not have safe and successful general elections but were proved wrong, hence they want to derail the scheduled handing over later this month and to scuttle the democratic process in the country,” army spokesman, Col. Sagir Musa said in a statement. Musa alleged that the unpatriotic elements plan to do that by causing mischief and exacerbate security situation in the country in particular and West African Sub-region. He further alleged that the group is making concerted efforts to further induce ISWAP/Boko Haram terrorists and bandits with funds and other logistic supports. “Their body language and unguarded utterances seem to be in tandem with above and imply tacit support for the criminals. “For example, credible source has shown that some individuals are hobnobbing with Boko Haram terrorists, while others are deliberately churning falsehood against the security agencies with a view to set the military against the people and the government. “They are also demoralising troops and security agencies through false accusations and fake news,” Musa said. He warned them to desist as the consequences of their intended actions would be calamitous to themselves. “We also noted that foreign interests are also working assiduously to cause disaffection and divide the coalition Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to give room for the so-called Islamic State for West African Province (ISWAP) and its defeated local franchise, Boko Haram terrorists group to resurrect,” he said. He, however, expressed confidence in the Federal Government efforts at sustaining and reinvigorating the MNJTF to continue its good work. Musa also restated that the Nigerian army would not relent in clearing the visages and remnants of Boko Haram terrorists and their sympathisers. “The Nigerian army is a stakeholder in our national security and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria. “Additionally, we are making this statement because the military, particularly the Nigerian army has always been called upon to intervene in conflict situations in order to resolve crises in most cases when they get worse, while the public expect miracles. “We will like to reiterate our unalloyed loyalty to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and we are determined more than ever before, to continue to uphold the constitution and defend the territorial integrity of this nation from both external and internal aggression. “Nigeria is a sovereign country with clearly established judicial system, therefore all aggrieved persons and groups should take advantage of that and resolve their differences amicably,”he said.

The Nigerian Army alleged yesterday that some unpatriotic elements were colluding with foreigners for the purpose of derailing the swearing in of newly elected government on May 29, thereby disrupting the democratic process. “Some of these mischievous elements thought that we would not have safe and successful general elections but were proved wrong, hence they want to derail the scheduled handing over later this month and to scuttle the democratic process in the country,” army spokesman, Col. Sagir Musa said in a statement. Musa alleged that the unpatriotic elements plan to do that by causing mischief and exacerbate security situation in the country in particular and West African Sub-region. He further alleged that the group is making concerted efforts to further induce ISWAP/Boko Haram terrorists and bandits with funds and other logistic supports. “Their body language and unguarded utterances seem to be in tandem with above and imply tacit support for the criminals. “For example, credible source has shown that some individuals are hobnobbing with Boko Haram terrorists, while others are deliberately churning falsehood against the security agencies with a view to set the military against the people and the government. “They are also demoralising troops and security agencies through false accusations and fake news,” Musa said. He warned them to desist as the consequences of their intended actions would be calamitous to themselves. “We also noted that foreign interests are also working assiduously to cause disaffection and divide the coalition Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to give room for the so-called Islamic State for West African Province (ISWAP) and its defeated local franchise, Boko Haram terrorists group to resurrect,” he said. He, however, expressed confidence in the Federal Government efforts at sustaining and reinvigorating the MNJTF to continue its good work. Musa also restated that the Nigerian army would not relent in clearing the visages and remnants of Boko Haram terrorists and their sympathisers. “The Nigerian army is a stakeholder in our national security and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria. “Additionally, we are making this statement because the military, particularly the Nigerian army has always been called upon to intervene in conflict situations in order to resolve crises in most cases when they get worse, while the public expect miracles. “We will like to reiterate our unalloyed loyalty to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and we are determined more than ever before, to continue to uphold the constitution and defend the territorial integrity of this nation from both external and internal aggression. “Nigeria is a sovereign country with clearly established judicial system, therefore all aggrieved persons and groups should take advantage of that and resolve their differences amicably,”he said.

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The unfortunate trend of partners killing their spouses is on the increase. One trend that however seems to have abated overtime is that of disgruntled partners bathing those they once cherished or promised to love till death do them apart with acid. But that was the lot of Anulika, a mother of two, who was recently assaulted with the destructive liquid by her husband. Yetunde Oladeinde reports.

SHE is the exact image you don’t want to behold. Her face – or what it has become, courtesy of her vicious husband – is the type you wouldn’t even wish for your worst enemy. If only she knew a union with him would end this way….

But when Anulika Fidelia Onyeachonam met her husband, Peter Onyeachonam Chinwuba, it was like a dream come true. The young man fitted into her definition of ‘dream man’ and happily they tied the knot after a brief courtship. They both looked forward to a blissful life together, forever after.

Sweet romance? Yes, it was. And gradually the union produced their first child, a boy and later the second, a girl. “We lived happily together, even though he was a civil servant. I was happy and thank God that everything was working as planned,’ Anulika recalls.

Unfortunately, the dream for a happy married life together was short-lived. “Something I never imagined happened and that made me to change my mind about the marriage. I couldn’t believe it would ever happen to me. My husband defiled our only daughter and I made up my mind that it was over.”

Did he object to her decision to call it quit?

“Not at all. Instead he decided to take the laws into his hands,” Annuli says amidst sobs. Gradually, she found her voice again and continued her sad story.

“It is such a sad story and I can’t really believe that this is happening to me at all. The disaster happened in the afternoon of April 17, 2019. On that fateful day, I told him that it was over between us and that I was no longer interested in the marriage. We were both at the Welfare Department where they granted him custody of our two children.”

Anulika continued: “One is four years plus going to five years and the other is just three years old. I was told that since the children were below six years, they were going to give them to him. I accepted and said that the decision was okay and we left the welfare office. My husband was with his sister and they left hurriedly.”

End of the road and Anulika’s heart was in disarray. What does life hold for her in the next few weeks, months and years – especially without her children, her sources of joy?

Suddenly something happened. Something she never expected from a man with whom she had lived for years as man and wife.

“As I was walking outside the welfare office, I saw my husband running towards me with his sister. Initially, I thought he wanted to start another fight with me, but before I knew what was going on, he had poured a liquid substance, which turned out to be acid all over me.

“I was in total pains. My husband and his sister immediately turned and made to run away. Luckily the security men at the scene ran after them. They arrested my husband and took him to the police division in Awka.”

His sister however escaped and has not been seen since then. “I was taken to the government teaching hospital in Awka, where they have been treating me. Naturally, my people were devastated when they saw the extent of the damage.”

“My husband is still in Police custody as we speak. But that is not enough, because he has ruined my life and I want justice. He raped his two-year-old daughter! Naturally, I was very angry with him. When I challenged him, he threatened that he was going to kill me. That was why I left the house and ran away from home. Now I know that he really meant to kill me.”

Was he like this at the beginning of the marriage?

“No, he wasn’t like this at the beginning. He was a civil servant and I never imagined that he could do such a thing to me. But I thank God that I am alive. I believe that once there is life, there is hope.”

Family call for justice

Anulika’s family is hard hit by the development and they are asking for justice. Hardest hit is Anulika’s mum, Rose Ogugua.  It’s been tears galore since the day she heard the bad news.

“Na so we see am ooo”, was all she could muster, amidst sighs and hisses. “This man wants to destroy my daughter. I just don’t know what to say at all. Is this how people repay good for evil He has messed up the life of my precious daughter.”

Asked if she had any premonition that the marriage would end this way, the old woman answers this way: “No, not at all. We liked him at the beginning and gave him the support required as a family. But now, we don’t like him anymore. How can you like someone who treated your daughter this way,” she asked rhetorically.

She continued: “Let his people go and treat my daughter. She is in a real bad state and I hate to imagine that all this is happening to her. I also plead with the government to come to our aid; my daughter needs care and attention to survive this ordeal. Unfortunately, we don’t know anybody, and we don’t have money.”

The victim’s cousin, Uche Okanimee captures the gory incident this way: “The magistrate court behind Nigerian Prisons, Awka sat on April 29th. The accused person through his lawyers asked for bail but it wasn’t granted. The case has been adjourned to June 18th 2019. A very surprising thing happened in the hospital where my cousin is being hospitalised. While court was sitting, the DCO came to the hospital and forcefully took another photograph of the victim. Her brother who was in the court confirmed that at no point during the court sitting was there any instruction to get another photograph of the victim. Then they are now denying going to Amaku General Hospital to take the photographs. We are worried about the safety of the victim, her life is very important to us.”

She added: “It is a very sad occurrence and I still can’t believe that he could do such a thing. I usually read about such things and now that it has happened to someone close to me, it is so shocking. For me, the life of the victim is our concern; you can imagine the pain that she is going through at the moment. It is both physical and emotional pain.

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