Police have confirmed the arrest of Jason Okhiria, who shot his wife during an argument over food.
The first lady of the state, Betsy Obaseki, paid the victim, Tina Okhiria, a sympathy visit at the Specialist Hospital, Benin City, Edo state, where she is currently receiving treatment.
The victim has undergone amputation of her left arm as a result of injuries she sustained, after she was shot by her husband.
It was gathered that the victim of domestic violence was shot on June 3, by Mr Okhiria, her during an argument.
The mother of the victim confirmed to the first lady that her daughter had endured domestic abuse from her husband for a long time and had left the marriage several times but will always go back when her husband comes pleading and because of her children.
Condoling with the victim, the first lady advised women in abusive marriages to stop suffering in silence and seek help. She also promised to assist the victim procure a prosthetic arm and ensure the culprit faces the full wrath of the law.
Mrs Obaseki said:
“Today, I visited the Specialist Hospital in Benin City to see Mrs Tina Okhiria who was allegedly shot by her husband Jason because she delayed in preparing his meal leading to the amputation of her left arm.
“I asked Mrs. Okhiria’s mother if she was aware of the husband’s abusive tendencies before the incident and advised other married couples to explore the provisions offered by the State Ministry of Social Development and Gender issues in cases of abuse, rather than suffering in silence.
“I will ensure that the husband, Mr Jason will face the full weight of the law for his actions.
“And I assure you Mrs. Okhiria that you will receive assistance in obtaining a prosthetic arm to alleviate the loss she has suffered.”
In a Sunday statement, Chidi Nwabuzor, the Edo state police spokesperson, confirmed the suspect has been arrested and currently in police custody.
Nwabuzor, said the incident which happened at Ekae Community in the new Etete axis, GRA, Benin was reported at the New Etete Division, on the day of the incident by some elders of Ekae Community in company of one Joanki Okhiria, the couple 9-year-old offspring.
He said Okhiria, who shot his wife with his double barrel gun will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.