April 17, 2024

A’Ibom court orders arrest of man in family neglect case

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By Chioma Onuegbu

Uyo –An Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Uyo, has ordered the arrest of one Mr. Itoro Uko, a native of Itak Ikot Udo in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area of the state for contempt of court.

Trial judge, Justice Ntong Ntong granted the order, yesterday, after hearing counsel to the applicant (Uko), Friday Inwang, following the absence of the contemnor and his counsel.

Itoro Uko was said have abandoned his wife and a two year-old daughter in the village to live with his side chick in Ikot Ekpene town.

The applicant, Mrs. Itoro Uko, a private school teacher from Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of the state, told the court that apart from neglecting his responsibilities as a father in providing the needs of his child, her husband also refused to refund the N200,000 loan she collected for him to fix his car since March, 2022.

She told the court that they got married on January 18, 2020, and gave birth to their first child and after she got pregnant for the second child, her husband starting her resulting in her first miscarriage.

She further told the court that she got pregnant again for the third time and her husband continued to assault her in May 2022, and she started bleeding and was rushed to a hospital where she spent three days.

The applicant added that throughout her stay in the hospital, her husband did not show up, noting that it was her siblings that footed her medical bills.

She further told to the court that even when she travelled to her village in Mkpat Enin for her mother to take care of her till she fully recovered, that her husband did not call or visit throughout her stay with her mother.

Upon recovery on July 4, 2022, the applicant said she went to her husband’s family home in Itak Ikot Udo, where they were living to find out why her husband did not visit, but to her surprise, the keys to their apartment were changed and she could not enter the house to pick her clothes and that of her daughter’s.

Counsel to the applicant urged the court to order the arrest and detention of the respondent for being in contempt of the order of the court made April 6, 2023.

Justice Ntong granted the order and commanded “Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police and the Divisional Police Officer, Ikot Ekpene Division, their officers and men in the name of the Governor of Akwa Ibom State and the Inspector General of Police to cause the arrest and detention of Mr. Uko and produce him in court”
Court adjourned the case till April 25, 2024, for hearing.