The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, yesterday, wrote a letter to the Governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime, requesting to have an audience with his wife, after she purportedly wrote the commission, requesting to be saved from her husband.
Mrs Clara Chime was however, in recent reports quoted as saying she never wrote the human rights commission.
According to the Director of Information and Communication at the Commission, Mr Muhammed Nasir Ladan, the right body, has commenced investigation into the petition, and would want to hear from all the concerned parties.
“The NHRC has commenced investigation into the complaint received from Mrs Clara Chime and has requested Governor Chime to grant the Commission access to the complainant.”
In her letter to the NHRC, Mrs. Chime, described her relationship with her husband as “abusive”, saying it had led her into depression.
Chime had in a interview session yesterday, rejected claims of subjecting his spouse, Mrs. Clara Chime, to “house arrest,” and declared he is intent to protect her from being ridiculed. His wife, also present at the session, denied sending any petition to the National Human Rights Commission accusing Chime of violating her freedom.
Although, she could not speak despite being encouraged by her husband and brother, who was also present at the interview, Mrs Chime asked her husband and doctor to do so on her behalf.
The Governor replied: “Yes, I’m your husband and should ordinarily do so, but you know I’m the one being accused of detaining you. This way, I’ve lost that privilege to speak for you, at least on this case.
“The story out there also is that your doctor is probably scared of me and gives you all kinds of drugs, sometimes against your wish.”
To this, Mrs. Chime replied, “My doctor and I don’t have any problem.”
She confirmed that she has the key to her room and controls her entry and exit, contrary to the claim in the petition that she had been locked up for asking to be allowed to leave.
How the NHRC will proceed from here remains to be seen.