Edo State First Lady, Betsy Obaseki, has assured that the state government would get justice for Tina Okhiria who was amputated after being shot by her husband.
Obaseki assured that Okhiria would receive assistance in obtaining a prosthetic arm.
Wife of the governor, who made the promise when he visited Okhiria, urged women to prioritise their safety and well-being, and take deliberate efforts to protect themselves.
In her interaction with the victim’s mother, the latter revealed that she was aware of the abuse her daughter was being subjected to, and that she had left the abusive marriage on several occasions but was swayed by appeals from her husband because of her concern for their children.
The First Lady insisted that no woman should endure such cruelty, and urged victims to seek help, and escape dangerous situations, noting that it was important to leave abusive marriages than die.
She said the husband, Jason Okhiria, would face legal consequences for his actions, as the crime committed was against the state and could not be resolved through arbitration or appeals.
Mrs. Obaseki urged members of the public to approach the state Ministry of Social Development and Gender Issues over issues of spousal battery, adding that no individual, regardless of status or influence, has the right to abuse their spouse.
She said marriage ought to be a source of happiness and fulfillment, not a prison sentence.
The accused, Mr. Jason, has been arrested and is currently in Police custody.