By Ononye VC
An Abuja High Court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of a lawyer, Mr. Nzedebe Chinonso Paul, to compel him to stand trial for allegedly cutting off the ear of his estranged wife, Mrs Roseline Nwogo Nzedebe, with a pair of pliers.

The trial Judge, Njideka Nwosu Iheme issued the warrant for Nzedebe’s arrest following his failure to appear for his arraignment and upon a request made by Police Prosecutor, Barrister Fidelis Ogbobe.

The prosecution counsel submitted that since on several occasions, service had been effected on the accused person without him showing any respect for the court or willingness to appear for his arraignment, he was invoking the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) to apply for a warrant for his arrest.

“My Lord, Sections: 113 and 114 of ACJA confer power on the court to compel the appearance of a defendant or suspect of the crime. We plead passionately for an arrest warrant to be issued against him,” the prosecution said.

Ruling on the application, Justice Iheme noted that “hearing notices have been issued several times on the accused person and the registrar of court placed a phone call to him, but he has refused to appear.

“Relying on Sections 113 and 114 of ACJA, I, therefore, grant the application and order that a warrant for his arrest be issued on him.”

The judge thereafter adjourned the matter to June 16, 2022 for the police to bring Mr. Nzedebe for arraignment.

Meanwhile, the victim, Rosaline Nwogo Nzedebe was in court with her lawyer, Mrs. Uzoma Aneto, who held a watching brief.

Following the alleged vicious physical assault on his wife by the lawyer, the Nigeria Police filed 6 counts against Mr. Nzedebe bordering on physical, emotional, verbal and psychological abuse.

The charge numbered CR/104/2022 between the Commissioner of Police and Mr. Nzedebe Chinonso Paul, shows the lawyer was charged under the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act 2015.

Specifically, the counts are as follows: “That you, Mr. Nzedebe Chinonso Paul (M) of AMAC, Federal Housing Estate, behind Lugbe Plaza, FCT, Abuja on the 18th day of November, 2015 at Plot No: 1050 CRD, Behind Lugbe Plaza, FHA in the Abuja Judicial Division, willfully inflicted physical on one Roseline Nwogo Nzedebe (F) by cutting part of her right ear with iron pliers and thereby committed an offence punishable under section2(1) of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act, Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2015.

“That you, Mr. Nzedebe Chinonso Paul (M) of AMAC, Federal Housing Estate, behind Lugbe Plaza, FCT, Abuja on the 18th day of November, 2015 at Plot No: 1050 CRD, Behind Lugbe Plaza, FHA in the Abuja Judicial Division, knowingly placed one Roseline Nwogo Nzedebe (F) in a state of fear of physical injury and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 4(1) of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act, Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2015.

“That you, Mr. Nzedebe Chinonso Paul (M) of AMAC, Federal Housing Estate, behind Lugbe Plaza, FCT, Abuja on the 6th day of June 2015 at Plot No: 1050 CRD, Behind Lugbe Plaza, FHA in the Abuja Judicial Division, caused emotional, verbal and psychological abuse to one Roseline Nwogo Nzedebe (F) by brandishing a black axe purporting yourself to be a member of dreaded black axe confraternity capable of using it to cut her into pieces and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 14(1) of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act, Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2015.

“That you, Mr. Nzedebe Chinonso Paul (M) of AMAC, Federal Housing Estate, behind Lugbe Plaza, FCT, Abuja on the 18th day of November, 2015 at Plot No: 1050 CRD, Behind Lugbe Plaza, FHA in the Abuja Judic…

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