BY BASHIR TURAWA
Following a video which surfaced on Social media where a man identified as Moses Chiutar (Junior) is seen beating his girlfriend, Dooshima Ella Terwase, the batch 4 of Women and Girls Rights Defenders trained by YouthhubAfrica has called for the arrest and prosecution of Moses.
A source who got in contact with the victim revealed that on Wednesday night, 18th March, 2020, Junior, who had come home from Caritas University Enugu, where he is undergoing studies called her to his house to resolve a dispute that brewed in the course of their relationship. She suspected that she had conceived for Junior.
According to Ella, she had exams to write and put off the visit till that fateful Friday, 20th March, 2020. Initially, Ella said she turned down the request but Junior’s friend Precious Blessing (Facebook name: Prëshy Ïbilë – it was Precious that recorded the video) persuaded her to come for settlement.
“So on Friday I went there. I sat outside and he (junior) invited me into the house that we should settle the matter before his mother comes back. I told him to tell me what he had for me but he insisted that I should come in.
“To avoid drawing attention, I went in with him. They were four – Junior, Tosin, Precious and the other guy – Eskay. While we were talking Precious was recording and was saying that see these people now talking as if they have no problem,” Ella narrated.
She explained that Junior would then pull a short gun on her but then reassured her that he was only frightening her. Suddenly, Junior’s countenance changed and he went physical on her.
Ella further said Eskay told Junior to beat her up so that she will learn and while Junior was beating her, it got to a point when Tosin held her from behind, allowing Junior the chance to beat her more and Precious would later open the door for her to run out.
Curiously, Junior’s trick to put fear into the teenager worked. Ella did not come home after the incident.
“I was afraid to tell Mum,” Ella said. Ella’s Dad is no more.
When asked how she came to know that the video was online, she said calls began coming in from her friends that they’ve seen her in a video online. “Some of my friends wanted to react but I told them not to put me into further problem.
“Yesterday (Saturday, 21st March, 2020), Junior called. He began calling till in the afternoon but I did not pick his calls. When I later picked, he was pleading that I should help to protect him,” Ella said.
According to her, Precious recorded the video, transferred it to Tosin, who first posted it (online).
Speaking with one of the members of Women and Girls Rights Defenders, Ogbu Blessing Nnenna, she revealed that she contacted Ella who was ready to take legal action against her boyfriend.
“Spoke with the girl today. The guy’s name is Chiuta Moses. He is 19years old, and they were in a relationship. Told her I’m a lawyer and have people who are interested in the case and if she wants something done about the incident. She said yes. I think she’s still traumatized from everything. I didn’t want to pressure her. We scheduled to talk more in details tomorrow.”
The call for Moses’ arrest, according to the group, is necessary because he shouldn’t be allowed to feel beating a woman is a right thing to do.
“He shouldn’t be left to continue to feel it’s his right to abuse and beat up any woman who offends.”
The group also called for the arrest of the person who shot the video. According to them, “the person who shot the video is as guilty as the perpetrator. Why didn’t he do something to stop the barbaric act? Things will continue the way they are if we keep quiet.”
The group further called for the domestication of Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP) at state level which will address issues of domestic violence like this and many more barbaric acts.
“This is so barbaric. More reason why we need to move for the domestication of the VAAP Act at all state levels.”