Thursday, November 7, 2013
NHRC Demands Access To Gov Chimes Wife
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
"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
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.