Badagry women are protesting the death of a woman in a domestic abuse incident
On Tuesday, the Badagry Women Development Forum, an NGO, protested the murder of a 41-year-old lady in Magbon, Badagry, Lagos State, following an allegation of alleged domestic violence involving her husband.
The women marched through Badagry’s main streets, carrying placards with varied slogans, demanding justice for Mrs Abosede Oke’s death.
Their placards had inscriptions like; “Say No to Women Abuse; Say No to Violence Against Women; Justice for Abosede. Treat us like your mothers”.
According to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN), Abosede died on July 24, 2021, as a result of injuries she allegedly acquired three days earlier during a quarrel with her husband.
Abosede’s body has been deposited at the mortuary at Badagry General Hospital, according to Ms Mauoyan Oguns, while her husband, Mr Yemi Oke, is being interrogated at Lagos State CIID, Panti, Yaba.
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Abosede, a licensed caterer who was hypertensive, allegedly fell from a push by her husband on July 21 and sank into a coma, according to Oguns, who described the scenario that led to her sister’s death.
“We begged my sister to leave her husband but she refused, now Abosede is gone leaving the children she was protecting to suffer.
“Women should learn from her mistake; anyone that is in a toxic relationship should quit now before it is too late,” she said.
Sewede Pot-Balogun, the coordinator of the protest, said she rallied around to seek financial assistance for the deceased but unfortunately she died on Saturday, July 24.
“I was touched by her condition when I saw her in a coma at Badagry Hospital, I wondered how a man could do this to his wife,” Pot-Balogun said.
The female activist encouraged women to run for their lives from marriages where they are used as punching bags before it results to their deaths.
“If marriage is becoming violent, leave the marriage, it is not compulsory you die in your husband’s house; if your husband is beating you every day, quit the marriage or seek government assistance.
“It is high time women wake up and speak for themselves, don’t wait until you are dead before people get to know what was happening,” she said.
Mrs Susan Ibrahim, the neighbour of the deceased, described her as a calm, nice, quiet and patient lady.
“I have warned her several times that marriage is not a do or die affair but she said she could not allow her children to suffer,” she said.
NAN reports that the protesting women moved from Badagry roundabout to the two council secretariats in the area where they were addressed by the council chairmen.
Mr Olusegun Onilude, Chairman of Badagry Local Government, condemned the incident as “sad” because it resulted in the loss of life.
Before things got out of hand, Onilude urged women who were experiencing domestic abuse to report it to the right authorities. After adequate documents had been given to the council, he vowed to aid the deceased’s children.
Mr Samson Olatunde, Chairman of the Olorunda LCDA, committed to bringing the situation to a logical end.
Olatunde urged men to abstain from any acts of aggression against women, calling such behaviour “horrible and unacceptable in a civilized society.”
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