NAIJ.com gathered that a naval officer dragged his wife to court even though he allegedly infected her with the dreaded HIV disease.
According to reports shared on Facebook by Inibehe Effiong, the officer identified as Lt. Cdr. Kazeem Owolabi Emiabata, threatened to kill his wife after she discovered he was HIV positive.
Mrs Titilayo Emiabata had seen her husband's antiretroviral drugs and when she confronted him, he sent her packing from their matrimonial home, saying he would kill her if she ever told anyone about his status.
According to a press statement signed by women's rights advocate, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, Titilayo is currently in court with her husband over the issue, even though she was deliberately infected.
Sharing the post on his Facebook page, Inibehe who is representing Titilayo wrote:
"September 20, 2017
JUSTICE FOR MRS. TITILAYO EMIABATA WHO IS BEING PROSECUTED IN COURT AFTER SHE WAS DELIBERATELY INFECTED WITH HIV BY HER HUSBAND, A NAVAL OFFICER.
The case between the Commissioner of Police, Ogun State vs Mrs. Titilayo Emiabata comes up tomorrow Thursday 21st September, 2017 by 9am at the Chief Magistrate Court in Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State presided over by Senior Magistrate E.O. Idowu.
The accused person (Mrs. Emiabata, 30yrs) was arrested, detained for four days and arraigned in court on the 24th of August, 2017 in Charge No. MAG/55C/2017 on a 10 count charge bothering on burglary, housebreaking and stealing by the Nigeria Police Force, Ogun State Command.
The husband to the accused person and nominal complainant in the case is a Naval officer who is currently serving at Barrack Maintenance Unit, Port Harcourt by name Lt. Cdr. Kazeem Owolabi Emiabata, deliberately infected his legally married wife Titilayo with HIV and threw her out of their matrimonial home after she discovered his anti-retroviral drugs and medical records, which showed that he had been on treatment for a long period without disclosing his status to her.
She confronted him and later told her parents about her predicament when she got tested and her result came out positive.
Lt. Cdr. Emiabata had threatened to deal with his now estranged wife if she exposed his HIV status and has vowed to use the Police and other means to "kill Titilayo before HIV/AIDS kills him".
Titilayo is being prosecuted by the husband and the Nigeria Police Force for alleged "housebreaking" and "stealing" because she went to pack her personal belongings out of their matrimonial home after she was sent out of their matrimonial home.
The Women Arise for Change and the Campaign for Democracy demands that justice should be done in this case. We reject the treatment meted out to Mrs Titilayo Emiabata by her Naval officer husband, in connivance with the Divisional Police Officer of Ago-Iwoye in Ogun State.
We commend Lagos-based human rights lawyer, Mr. Inibehe Effiong who is representing Titilayo in the case for his determination to defend her pro bono and bring her husband to book.
We salute the courage of Mrs. Titilayo who has decided to speak out publicly about her travails and status for the sake of other vulnerable members of the society, particularly oppressed women.We call on gender rights advocates, human rights activists and the media to show solidarity with Mrs. Titilayo in court.
Attached is a copy of the charge sheet and the photos of Lt. Cdr. Kazeem Owolabi Emiabata and his estranged wife, Titilayo. Injury to one, is injury to all.
Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin (President, Women Arise for Change), Deacon Obatungashe Adebayo (Deputy President, Campaign for Democracy).
See photos of the charge sheets below:
Na wa o!
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