A Nigerian woman, Beatrice Mbari, has called for justice after she was allegedly beaten to pulp by her husband following a disagreement with his mistress in Rivers State.
Mbari, a mother of five who recalled the incident in a chat with Punch, said trouble started when her son confronted her husband’s alleged lover, simply identified as Helen, who later reported the confrontation to her husband.
This infuriated her husband, who, as soon as he arrived home, began to act violently and attacked her. Beatrice alleged that he beat her mercilessly, dragged her around the kitchen, and then threw her out of the house.
She further reveled that this was not the first time he was battering and assaulting because of his lover.
“My husband beat me and damaged my face. He punched me in the eye. I can’t even see clearly. He dragged me in the kitchen and said he will kill me and nothing will happen.
“I was pleading with him to leave me. I asked him what I did. It was one of my neighbour that came to rescue me. He even drove her away. He stripped me and threw me outside. Since then, I and my children have been managing with my elder sister. That was why I arrested him yesterday.” She said.
She said the matter was reported to the Central Police Station at the old Port Harcourt township, and the husband has now been arrested.
“I asked his girlfriend, Helen, why she told my husband what my son said about his father. I don’t know what the girlfriend told him. Because when he returned from her house, he started beating me. Helen is the reason my husband wants to kill me and my children, so that she will control the family.” She said.
Beatrice, whose both eyes were visibly swollen and had bruises below her eyes and ears as well as on other parts of her body, called on the International Federation of Women Lawyers to come to her aid.
“I want FIDA to come and help me so that this thing will not happen again. Then let him take care of his children. I don’t want to stay with him, because he will kill me one day. I also thank the police that helped me to arrest him,” she added.