Wife battering and torture include slapping, beating, arm twisting, stabbing, strangling, choking, kicking and many others which are harmful to health and well being of a woman. These acts liable to result to physical abuse have led to sudden death and incapacitation of many women in Nigeria.
It is very important to state that wife battering or torture of women is a crime in Nigeria. The law equally frowns and prescribes punishment to those who incite aid, abet or counsel another person to inflict physical injury on a person including those who receive or assist another person to carry out the unlawful act.
Safety tips for women against battering/Torture:
Women are encouraged to report wife battering/ tortures
Women are advised to retreat from scenes where there are threat of offensive weapons and report threat to commit physical abuse
Penalty (State applicable laws and jurisdiction):
In Ekiti, a person who willfully causes or inflicts physical injury on another person through weapon, substance or object has committed an offence and liable to a minimum of 2 years imprisonment or fine of N200,000.00 at minimum or both imprisonment and fine. (See Section 3(1) of Ekiti State Gender-Based Violence (Prohibition) Law, No 18 0f 2019)
In Lagos, Lagos State Protection against Domestic Violence Law prohibits wife battering and torture.
In Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kwara, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo and Oyo, Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) law of each of the aforementioned states prohibit all forms of violence against persons including women.
Note that Criminal code and penal code outlaw torture or physical abuse leading to sudden death or incapacitation of another in Nigeria.