The Enugu state police command has confirmed the arrest of Emmanuel Opoku, the 28-year-old Ghanaian man who allegedly poured hot water on the breasts of his Lover, one Chiamaka Ngwu aged 25 at their home in Akuke-Awkunanaw, Enugu.
A statement released by the spokesperson of the state police command, ASP Ndukwe Ekea, says Opoku’s arrest was sequel to a petition received at the command’s headquarters on July 10 from Women Aid Collective (WACOL), Enugu that he allegedly committed the act on June 23 following a misunderstanding between the lovers.
“Preliminary investigation reveals that the lovers have been together for over three (3) years with three (3) children, but are yet to be customarily or otherwise married. It further shows that they had misunderstanding on the said date, which led to the suspect pouring hot water, intended for the preparation of pap, all over the victim’s breasts. This caused her grievous bodily harm”, the statement read.
The spokesperson said Opoku has been charged to court and remanded in Police custody for further hearing.
He added that the state Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmad AbdurRahman MCPSS, MCJ, MNIM has directed the immediate launch, timely completion of investigation and prosecution of the suspect. He said the Commission has cautioned married or would-be couples to shun acts of domestic violence, which is capable of causing enduring physio-psychological harms on its victim, warning that the Command will stop at nothing to prosecute offenders.
He asked residents of the State to promptly report any person(s) found committing or have committed acts of assault/grievous bodily harm and related offences, due to domestic violence, to the nearest Police Station or by calling the Command’s hotlines on: 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 or 08098880172.