A wife beater who shared wife’s battered face on Facebook has been arraigned.
The man named Sulaiman Maiyegun, aka Afobaje, who is resident in Lagos who allegedly beat his wife and flaunted it on Facebook was on Friday arraigned before the Igbosere Magistrates’ Court on a two-count charge of assault occasioning harm and offensive publication.
The Magistrate, Folake Oshin in her ruling granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties who must be a cleric and a family member to the defendant.
Mr. Maiyegun on 5th of May shared on his timeline on Facebook;
“I beat my wife and I am waiting for her police because I talked to a woman.”
The post was attached with several pictures of his battered wife, Mariam Gabriel with blood dripping from her forehead.
Sulaiman Maiyegun’s action attracted series of backlash from many people on social media.
One of his friends, Dabio Michael, wrote,
“How I wish you knew the way she loves you. You wouldn’t have beaten her this way. Sule, come back to your senses. What you did was bad and as a friend, I will tell you the truth. Go and apologise to her and delete this rubbish from social media.”
Ahmed Abdulahi, wrote,
“This is too bad, Sule.”
While Bukola Ayinde stated;
“Why did you do this, Sule? This is unfair. You shouldn’t have done this to your wife. Delete these pictures from social media and beg her.”
The offensive post became viral and got the attention of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, who reached out to the Commander, Area J Police Command, ACP Gbolahan Odugbemi, and got the suspect arrested on Thursday.
At his arraignment before the Igbosere Magistrates’ Court on Friday, Maiyegun pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of assault occasioning harm and offensive publication.
The prosecutor, SP Shinaolu Adeoye who stated the facts of the case during the arraignment claimed that the defendant committed the offences on May 5 at 12:13pm at Maiyegun town, Jakande Estate, Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The prosecutor claimed that the defendant unlawfully assaulted his wife, the complainant, by beating her with his fist on her forehead.
In his words;
“The defendant injured the victim on her forehead and posted an inciting and provoking publication about the incident on his Facebook page,” Adeoye claimed.
The prosecutor stated that the offences contravened Sections 57 and 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Where Section 57 is punishable by six months jail term or a fine of N90,000 and Section 173 will attract a three years’ imprisonment on conviction.
The prosecutor, thereafter, urged the court to remand the defendant at the correctional centre and asked for an adjournment date for commencement of the trial.
In response, the defendant’s counsel, Mr Mustapha Danesi, urged the court to grant his client bail on the most liberal terms, adding that the matter was a result of a family crisis.
Magistrate Oshin in her ruling directed the court’s Registrar to verify the addresses of Maiyegun’s sureties who must be taxpayers in the state. The case is now adjourned to 22 of June.