A 65-year-old man, Mohammed Baburam, has reportedly chained and starved his wife for one year in Potiskum, Yobe State.
The suspect was arrested by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the command’s spokesman, DSC Bala Garba, disclosed to newsmen in Damaturu on Friday.
Images of the chained 40-year-old woman, who is a mother of four, went viral in the state, prompting residents and civil society groups to demand the immediate arrest of Baburam.
According to the spokesperson, men of the command apprehended the suspect on Wednesday following a tip-off from the Dabo-Aliyu Stadium area, where the suspect and his victim reside.
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He said, “Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect only feeds his wife once every day.
“The suspect also said that he chained his wife because she has some mental health issues.”
The spokesman said the command had drafted forensic experts and a doctor to ascertain the health status of the victim.
He said that the suspect would be charged to court after the investigation.