Group condemns husband’s release after brutalising Adamawa journalist
The National President, National Association of Women Journalists, Ladi Bala, has condemned the Adamawa State Police Command for releasing a man, Ibrahim Aliyu, who was arrested for brutalising his wife, a female journalist, Nafeesah Vandi, working with the Adamawa State Broadcasting Corporation.
PUNCH Metro had reported that Aliyu, a former worker with the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, was arrested over domestic violence which endangered the life of the female journalist suing for divorce from her estranged husband.
The incident sparked public outrage with various agencies, including the National Union of Journalists, National Association of Women Journalists, the wife of the Adamawa State Governor, Lami Fintiri, calling for the prosecution of the suspect in line with Violence against Persons Prohibition Law, already enforced in the state.
However, on Tuesday, Aliyu was reportedly released after he and Nafeesah reached an amicable solution following mediation over the case being investigated by the police.
Reacting to the development, the President, NAWOJ, Ladi Bala, took exception to the out of court settlement and condemned the police for not ensuring the prosecution of the matter.
Bala was said to be in the state to meet with the state Commissioner of Police, Sikiru Akande, over the case.
She said, “Nafeesah is not in the right frame of mind to make any concise decision as a brutalised victim.”
The spokesperson, Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Abdulrazak Barkindo, had after the viral report of the abuse against Nafeesah, urged the wife of the state governor to ensure the victim got justice.