Woman Claims Husband Abandoned Her, Refused To Provide For Children

A woman, Mrs Patricia Ohia, claimed that her husband, Mr Joseph Ohia, abandoned her and had refused to provide for the children.

She therefore instituted the case at the Port-Harcourt Magistrate Court 17 presided by Chief Magistrate Betty Sunny-Hart who heard the case.

The case which was for continuation of cross-examination on Friday resumed with the defence counsel, Barrister Tonye Ibisiki, cross-examining the witness who was the complainant.

The case was adjourned to 25 January for ruling, according to the counsel.

Speaking in an interview, the defence counsel, Barrister Ibisiki, said that he was showing that the woman’s allegation against her husband was untrue.

He said he had documents showing that his client had paid for his children’s school fees and sent money for feeding.

Referring to the case, the defence counsel said: “The case is about a woman who claims that her husband abandoned her and did not provide for the children so they brought the husband to court under the relevant criminal law. So we are defending the man.

“We are showing that the allegation is not true and we are backing it up with documents to show that in the period under review he paid school fees, sent money to the bank for feeding and all that. So that is basically what this case is all about”.

He said he sought to tender three documents which the prosecuting counsel objected to saying that the court would deliver a ruling on the next adjourned date.

The prosecuting counsel however declined to speak on the case when she was approached for an interview.

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