By Justina Auta
The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs on Monday in Abuja endorsed the arrest of an Uyo-based legal practitioner, Mr Ekere Ebong, over his alleged assault on his wife.
A video of Ebong’s assault on his wife went viral on social media platforms on Sunday, making the Akwa Ibom government to order his arrest.
Mrs Grace Njoku, Director, Press and Public Relations, at the federal ministry stated that Mrs Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, Minister of Women Affairs, endorsed the arrest of the legal practitioner.
Expressing concern over the incident, the minister said the alleged offender must be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to spouses of his ilk.
She reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to end all forms of violence against women and against the girl child.
“President Bola Tinubu wants the poor to breathe and the ministry is fully committed to ensuring this.
“We shall leave no stone unturned in ensuring that justice is meted to anyone who molests a child, a woman or the vulnerable,’’ Njoku quoted the minister as saying.
In the viral video, a bloodied Mrs Ebong was rescued by neighbours of the couple after she had been thoroughly beaten by the lawyer husband.
The Federation of Women Lawyers in Akwa Ibom and the Nigeria Bar Association earlier arranged the arrest of Mr Ebong. (NAN)