by Paul Osas
The National Human Rights Commission on Friday confirmed receipt of the petition of rights abuse reportedly filed by Mrs Clara Chime, wife of Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime as it released a preliminary report on its investigations into the petition.
Although Clara Chime had denied contacting human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, the petition was however written by Falana for Clara who had accused the governor of illegal detention.
Following the petition, the NHRC had written Chime, demanding access to his wife.
Disclosing details of the initial findings, the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Prof. Bem Angwe, informed journalists on Friday that a five-man investigative panel from the commission met with the major characters in the unfolding drama at the Enugu State Government House on Thursday.
The commission held private discussions with the complainant, Clara; governor, Chime; ; the governor’s sibling, Dr. Jide Chime; the first lady’s physician, Dr. Aham Agumoh, as well as her elder brother, Tony Igwe. The commission also spoke via teleconference to one Dr. A. Uzegu, a London-based consultant psychiatrist and forensic examiner, who is the doctor preferred by Mrs. Chime.
The commission said the issue between Chime and his wife was a disagreement over the procedure for the treatment of her health challenges, which border on occasional hallucinations and depression. It noted that for the last two weeks Mrs. Chime had been confined to her apartment on medical advice for purposes of medical maintenance and security.
Angwe also added that the governor’s wife admitted having possession and control of keys to her apartment.
So what exactly was Clara Chime crying about? Why did she complain in the first place if in the last 72 hours, she has agreed with her husband’s position that she is not being imprisoned against her will? IS it truly just about procedure for her treatment when she claimed she was not ill in the first place?
There are many who still believe that there’s more to this than meets the eyes.