The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a 37-year-old man, Ifeanyi Ajaero, for chaining his 28-year-old wife, Obiageli, to a generator.
Ajaero had allegedly chained his wife to the generator on Friday night to Saturday morning.
Apart from chaining Obiageli to the generator, the suspect was also accused of battering her.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the incident happened at Ewooluwo, in Sagamu.
According to the police, the suspect, who is a member of the disbanded merchant navy, used a handcuff to chain his wife to the generator.
Oyeyemi said Ajaero’s neighbours, who had witnessed his frequent beating of the woman, alerted the police to the incident.
He said the Divisional Police Officer of the command in Sagamu, Aduroja Moses, led his men to the scene, rescued the victim and arrested the suspect.
Oyeyemi said that the suspect admitted chaining the woman to the generator, but claimed that his action was in “self-defence.”
The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, added that the case had been transferred to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the state Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.
Meanwhile, the command said it has made arrangements to forestall any breach of security in the state during and after the Easter celebration.
The command’s spokesman said that it had deployed personnel from its various arms to ensure a hitch-free celebration.
He said, “We are leaving no stone unturned in order to secure lives and property of residents as well as that of visitors. A number of policemen have been tactically deployed by the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, with a clear mandate to ensure a crime-free Easter celebration.”