Domestic Violence; woman calls off wedding in Uburu

Ruth Oginyi

A woman from Uburu, Ohaozara local government area of Ebonyi State has called off her upcoming wedding over alleged domestic abuse by her husband to be.

The young Lady identified as Michael Ozioma Helen broke the news on Wednesday and it has since been generating commendation because of the recent death of a gospel singer Osinachi who was reportedly killed by her husband.

She took to her Facebook page to explain her reasons for discontinuing the wedding which was to hold in three days.

She accused the groom of physically abusing her repeatedly.

Miss Helen further expressed disappointment over the behaviors of her fiance who was her secondary schoolmate.

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She claimed that the maltreatment started immediately after her Fiance, David Okike paid her bride price.

“This was my secondary school classmate who I thought I knew to an extent. On December 28, 2020, he did the 1st and 2nd stages in my family marriage list which bride price happened to be on the 2nd stage which he paid. After he paid my bride price he started maltreating me.

“2021 was hell for me that at some point I left home, after everything we settled around November 2021 which he promised he will never beat me again. But still, nothing changed.

“This is my reason why I am calling off the Traditional Marriage (Igba Ngwu) and White Wedding ceremony between me and DDavidOkike”, she said.

Miss Helen while noting that physical abuse was not part of the agreement for their Marriage, said she has been through a lot since the beatings started

“This Saturday should have been my traditional and white wedding ceremony day. I am supposed to be happy but I am not.

“For a couple of months now I have been going through a lot.

“I have been in a toxic relationship for over a year now. I am aware that this may be a shock to many people, especially people from my Home Town. My supposed husband hit and abuse me in(sic) any slightest provocation, just small misunderstanding without minding what condition I am into(sic)”.

She said she was canceling the wedding because I have chosen me and I will not live my entire life facing domestic violence.

She said “My supposed husband is full of rage, beating me with his Belt, Stick, Broom is his daily routine.

“Many times he had lifted his hammer on me and this Monday last week just because of little misunderstanding he beat me mercilessly and on the process of it he rushed into his mother’s kitchen for a cutlass when I noticed he’s going for a weapon I locked the door behind him which he forcefully opened, both his mother and Sisters and some neighbors were begging him not to cut me with the cutlass. With all these things and more I am fed up”.

While noting that the wedding was to hold on Saturday, April 16th, Miss Helen apologized to family and friends for any inconvenience her decision may have caused them.

“But I will not end up with a man who always promises that if I didn’t kill him, he will kill me. I am still suffering from the unstoppable headache I sustained from the head injury he gave me 3 weeks ago”, she said.

The Bride who noted that the “bride price paid” will be returned in due time urged everyone to respect her choices.

Her decision comes a few days after the social media was awash with claims that the Late Gospel Singer does due to alleged domestic abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband.

Her death had invoked discussions on divorce with many bashing her Pastor Paul Enenche and the Church for doctrines that preach against divorce.

The Pastor was also accused of knowing about the abuse and not doing anything to help her.

But Mr. Enenche in a video broadcast yesterday denied all the allegations saying that His Church has zero tolerance for domestic violence.

The Pastor narrated that she only got to know of the Singer’s health challenges a few months ago and made every effort to get her the best treatment available before she died.

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