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Tonto Dikeh’s husband could face 3 years imprisonment for domestic violence

Churchill Olakunle Oladunni, accused of domestic violence by his estranged wife, Tonto Dikeh, could be prosecuted with the likelihood of a three year jail term if convicted.

Speaking to mediaroomhub’s Azuka Ogujiuba on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, the star actress and mother of a one year old son (King Andre) claimed that her husband serially assaulted, humiliated and tormented her.
She claimed in the 35-minute interview:
The domestic violence is real. It’s real. How I lived to suffer it and go through it over and over again I do not understand.
A lot of people have blamed me. A lot of people have said a lot of things. I have read a lot of things. I stayed back in my marriage not because of my child, but because I believe you cannot be abused or you cannot leave a child where there is abuse and you claim you are doing it for your child. No. I stayed because I was doing it for myself. I stayed because I loved my husband with all of my heart.
“I stayed because he had begged me to stay a couple of times. I stayed because I didn’t just want to give up. I didn’t want to give up on the marriage just like that. People change.
“Anytime something like this happens, my husband comes up with a pastor who is always in the house the next day or two days later who is begging, who is doing stuff. Yes but we have never had a real counselling.”He would never accept that he is doing it. That’s the point. that’s the worst. And I keep asking him that if you are so ashamed of what you do to me then why do you do it.

“My husband has humiliated me so much with this. And for anybody to tell me that I am lying against my husband that even hurts me more.”

The accusation is serious and attracts punishment by the law. With similar punishment for offenders across Nigeria, Churchill Olakunle Oladunni could face three years imprisonment if tried and convicted.
Lagos State Criminal Laws of 2011, Chapter 21, Section 168 – 171, states:
Definition of assault.
168. (1) A person who-
(a) strikes, touches, moves, or otherwise applies force of any kind to the person of another, either directly or indirectly, without his consent; or
(b) by any bodily act or gesture attempts or threatens to apply force of any kind to the person of another without his consent, in such circumstances that the person making the attempt or threat has actually or apparently a present ability to effect his purpose is said to assault that other person.
(2) The term ‘applies force’ includes the case of applying heat, light, electrical force, gas, odour, or any other substance or thing whatsoever, if applied in such a degree as to cause injury or personal discomfort.Unlawful assaults.
169. (1) An assault is unlawful and constitutes an offence unless it is authorised or justified or excused by Law.
(2) The application of force by one person to another may be unlawful if it is done with the consent of that other person where:
(a) on grounds of age or weak intellect, a person is incapable of understanding the nature of the act to be done; or
(b) the consent was obtained by fraud.
(c) the assault is of a nature likely to endanger human life or is likely to cause a breach of peace

Punishment of assault.
170. Any person who unlawfully assaults another is guilty of a misdemeanour, and is liable, if no greater punishment is provided, to imprisonment for one year.

Assaults occasioning harm.
171. Any person who unlawfully assaults another and thereby does him harm is guilty of a felony, and is liable to imprisonment for three years.

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