The Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Delta State Police Command, Edafe, has emphasized that marriage is not a ‘do or die affair,’ urging victims of abuse to prioritize their safety and walk away before it’s too late.
The statement comes in response to an alarm raised by human rights activist Harrison Gwamnishu regarding the abuse of a pregnant woman by her husband in Warri.
In a social media post, Gwamnishu detailed the distressing situation, reporting, “I’m 7 months pregnant and I have been suffering all kinds of abuse by my husband, beats me, locks me out of the house most times, forcefully.” Edafe promptly responded, advising the victim to seek help at the nearest police station and reinforcing the message that marriage should not be a forced obligation.
In another case brought to light by Gwamnishu, Edafe expressed bewilderment over a domestic violence victim who returned to her husband after police intervention. The PPRO questioned the societal pressure around marriage, asking whether it is mandatory for everyone and if it is challenging for individuals to walk away from toxic relationships.
Edafe’s stance underscores the importance of prioritizing personal safety over societal expectations, sending a clear message that individuals facing abuse should seek help and consider leaving such relationships. The Delta State Police are actively encouraging victims to come forward, emphasizing that marriage should not come at the cost of one’s well-being.