Jude Izuakor, whose brutal battery of his wife landed him in a widely reported trial, today struck a reconciliation deal that ended his prosecution at a magistrate court in Apapa, Lagos.
Mr. Izuakor had not only beaten his wife but also abandoned his family, leading Women Arise, an organization that helps victims of domestic abuse, to provide shelter and other care for the battered wife, Gloria Izuakor, and her abandoned children.
During the last court hearing of his assault case, Mr. Izuakor's lawyer had asked that his client be given time to work on a reconciliation with his wife, Gloria Izuakor. In approving the idea and adjourning the case, Magistrate, J.L. Otepo had laid out a two-option process, providing for the alleged wife assaulter's trial to resume if the reconciliation process failed to produce results.
SaharaReporters learned that Mr. Izuakor used the period of adjournment to visit his wife's hometown of Nibo in Awka-South local government area in Anambra State to begin reconciliation with his wife.
He reportedly enlisted the help of the town's traditional ruler, Ezeike IV, who said he had read about the assault on the Internet. The traditional ruler and a few of his palace chiefs subsequently intervened to reconcile Mr. Izuakor and his wife.
Appearing in court today, the accused wife batterer signed some undertakings, including a promise not to abuse his wife or abandon their children.
Magistrate Otepo asked Joe Okei-Odumakin, leader of the Women Arise movement, who was in court to express her opinion of the reconciliation deal. Ms. Okei-Odumakin said her organization was pleased to see genuine repentance in Mr. Izuakor and his promise of recommitment to his marriage.
Mr. Izuakor's wife and children, who were given accommodation and care by Women Arise during their time of separation, were reunited with Mr. Izuakor today.
Speaking to journalists after the withdrawal of his trial by his wife, the alleged assaulter, Mr. Izuakor, said he would now become an ambassador campaigning against domestic violence.