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Battered Adamawa Female Journalist Drops Charges Against Husband, NAWOJ Insists On Justice

Nafeesah Vandi, the Adamawa female journalist who was violently assaulted by her husband, has said she is not interested in taking her husband to court.

Recall that earlier this month, THE WHISTLER had reported that Nafeesah was beaten beyond recognition by her husband, Ibrahim Aliyu, a former staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, Yola branch.

He subsequently went into hiding after the matter was reported to the police.

Aliyu later emerged from hiding and reported himself to the police which promptly charged him to court.

But his enstranged wife, Nafeesah, has told the police she would not press charges against her husband and urged it to drop the case.

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Adamawa chapter, which was a complainant in the case, has also come out to explain in a press statement that it had obliged the request from the victim, her parents, religious leaders, and prominent citizens in the state to withdraw the case for alternative resolution.

The statement noted that the suspect, who had also regretted his actions and shown remorse, had agreed to meet various conditions set by the victim, as the case is to be handled at the family level.

However, Ladi Bala, the National President of Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), and one of the complainants, told THE WHISTLER in a telephone chat that justice should be done to serve as deterrent to others.

.She said: “Currently, you may be aware that the woman is a female journalist working with Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), and when this incident happened, one of her colleagues and friend called me and forwarded the picture of her battered face to me. I called her and she said she was with the victim and I asked for the phone to be given to her. We spoke.

“I asked her, ‘what do you want?’ She said she wanted justice. I told her that ‘this man in question is your husband and I hope by the time you move forward seeking for justice, something will not come up and you’ll say you’re withdrawing?’ She said no, the man is no longer her husband, he had divorced her. It was even after he finished divorcing her that he told her that he would beat her and disfigure her face in such a way that any man who sees her would not admire her again. After that, he beat her and concentrated on the face, truly battering it just as he wanted. She sustained a dislocation on one of her hands and a tooth was affected.

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