By Abimbola Ogunnaike
Anambra State Police Command has arraigned a 75-year-old man, Albert Eligbue, from Ogbaru Local Government Area of the state before the Children, Sexual and Gender-Based V!olence Court in Awka, the state capital on Wednesday, 10 May, 2023 for allegedly forcing a widow, Patricia Eligbue, to drink water used to bathe the corpse of her husband’s nephew.
During court proceedings, the prosecutor, Inspector Onyema Ayogu told the court that the defendant was accused of forcing a widow and sister-in-law to drink water used to wash the corpse of her late brother-in-law as proof of her innocence over his death.
Ayogu said the defendant was facing five charges, including conspiracy to commit felony and assault, an offence punishable under sections 495(a) and 190 of the Criminal Code Cap 36 Vol. 11 revised laws that they placed a cutlass on the deceased body and asked her to walk over it four times of which she did before they washed off the corpse and forced her to drink the water before pouring the remaining on her.
The widow stated that they also accused her of k!|ling the deceased