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Published on May 27, 2011 by   ·   43 Comments

In what has been described as a national shame, the Nigerian High Commissioner in Kenya and the Seychelles, Dr. Chijioke Wilcox Wigwe, is currently enmeshed in a domestic violence scandal, the Nairobi Star of Kenya has reported.

•Ambassador Chijioke (left): A Mike Tyson? The battered wife (right).

His wife, Mrs. Tess Iyi Wigwe, has petitioned the Kenyan police urging them to promptly arrest the diplomat before he beats her to death.

In a letter she sent to Mr. Mathew Iteere, the Commissioner of Police, the distraught wife accused her husband of battering her and causing her serious bodily harm which has sent her to hospital many times, often between life and death.

She narrated, through her lawyer, Judy Thongori, that after the battery of 11 May 2011 which followed a minor argument with the husband, she sustained injuries on the face, neck, fingers and spinal cord and was only rescued by her 20-year-old son and 23-year-old daughter who rushed her to hospital while bleeding profusely.

She said that she was admitted to the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital on 11 May, operated on and discharged on Sunday, 15 May.

“I am still living in the ambassador’s residence. I still feel a lot of pain from the injuries despite the ongoing medications,” she said, adding that she had been advised by her doctors to be careful as the injuries to her lower back might lead to paralysis.

Tess is a lawyer with dual British and Nigerian citizenships. She said that she had suffered previous beatings by her husband during their long marriage. The couple has five children — four boys and a girl aged between 32 and 20 years. They have five grandchildren.

In 1999, she said, she left her husband because he battered her regularly and chased other women. She then proceeded to the UK where she got a job. She claimed that her husband had two traditional marriages with two women during their separation.

In 2008, she said, he begged her to come back and join him when he got his posting to Nairobi. “I thought he had changed his ways and I was prevailed upon by the community to join him,” she said.

Wigwe reported to his new station in May 2008 but Tess only joined him months later because she had to get a leave of absence from her employer in the UK.

Tess said he beat up her in October that year when she questioned him about bringing strange women to their matrimonial home.

She said she kept the matter quiet but the relationship has become so bad that they have reached a point where he communicates with her by writing and leaving her notes.

“This time, he left a note about his dinner. I told him his dinner was ready and asked him not to be asking for dinner to be prepared if he was not going to eat it. He grabbed me by the hand and when l tried to pull away, he hurled me against the wall before he started punching me,” she said.

Tess said she has opted to come out and explain her situation to show that domestic violence cuts across cultures, education and social standing. “I cannot keep quiet. I have kept quiet long enough,” Tess said.

The embattled diplomat, who is also the permanent representative of Nigeria to the United Nations Environmental Programme and the UN Habitat in Nairobi, has however, denied the allegations.

“I am shocked about her actions. They have not notified me of any plot against me. I have just arrived from a foreign trip,” he told the newspaper.

In a short biography Wigwe is described as a devoted lover of music of all kinds and genre ranging from Classical to New Age.

“He enjoys singing and dancing, is an avid reader, writer of short poems, an art and opera lover with other interests including bird and aircraft- watching”.

Tess’ lawyer said they would demand that Wigwe’s diplomatic immunity be lifted so that he could be prosecuted.

“Though Dr Chijioke Wilcox Wigwe is a diplomat, we are of the considered view that any diplomatic immunity that he enjoys is subject to him upholding and respecting the fundamental rights of others as enshrined in the Constitution,” Thongori said in her letter to Iteere citing the rights which include freedom from torture, freedom from cruel and inhuman treatment.

Thongori told the Commissioner that her client wants her husband prosecuted. “We have instructions to demand the immediate prosecution of the husband in accordance with the law.”

No arrest can be made at the High Commission residence or offices of the embassy as they are considered the territory of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

—Simon Ateba

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43 Comments for “Nigerian Ambassador Batters Wife”

  1. kay

    it only shows that our so called diplomat is a real animal in human skin like ABAMI EDA(FELA) would say

  2. David

    What a shameful act. Charity begins at home. These are not the type of leaders we need in this generation.

  3. Id

    He try well well. He has come out to show the world of how most naija men maltreat dia women.

  4. Id

    He try well well, he is just telling the whole world how most naija men maltreat their women.

    • jimmy

      YOU ARE JUST A DIS GRACE. SHAME ON YOU FOR THAT COMMENT, HOW COULD YOU SAID ALL NIGERIA MEN ? PEOPLE LIKE YOU DESERVED SUCH LOL

      • Mason

        One man mistake or misconduct should not be used to judge many. Nigerian men are not like that in anyway.

      • J.T.I.

        Jimmy, why call Id a disgrace and pronounced shame on him? What else do you think the rest of the world will say? This is a Nigerian serving and or representing Nigeria abroad, it is assumed that he is deemed capable to represent our country and should be seen as carrying the image of the nation and will equally be judge asuch. What he did, by extension means thats how Nigerians behave. It is very very unfortunate. What Jimmy said is quite right! Thanks all.

      • fifi

        jimmy, u are a shame to all men for saying that. you are just exhibiting you babaric self here. how would you say “people like you deserve such”? you are promoting violence tht way. True, it is not good generalizing, but you should not be inciting domestic violence that way

    • It is you never married and u’re married may ur wife is not the type that cause troubles. Anyway, woman can be funny at times.

  5. Jerome

    Is this picture that of a masquerade or product of severe battering. If it is battering then this is really a show of shame. Is this a model for their adult children or the country they are representing abroad.

  6. OMO EKO

    Firstly Kenya Police can do nothing because of his diplomatic immunity. Federal Govt needs to recall him home and be instantly rusticated or strip him of his immunity and let the police prosecute him. Either way the man is a goner. Why make this goon a diplomat when he is not diplomatic. Spousal abuse should not be tolerated.

  7. OMO EKO

    Firstly Kenya Police can do nothing because of his diplomatic immunity. Federal Govt needs to recall him home and be instantly rusticated or strip him of his immunity and let the police prosecute him. Either way the man is a goner. Why make this goon a diplomat when he is not diplomatic. Spousal abuse should not be tolerated.

  8. titi

    Igbo man they sabi beat and use woman.

  9. titi

    Igbo man they sabi beat and use woman.

  10. titi

    Igbo man, they sabi beat and use woman.

  11. Dprophet

    Pls people should think carefully before concluding on marital issues. Man, know your wife; wife know your husband and live in harmony. You’re not babies. Marriage is not for babies, it’s for man and woman like you. Respect yourselves and enjoy your marriage. Do not rubbish our (Nigeria) image outside.

  12. olododo ogbagi

    He was trying to switch job, from Diplomacy to boxing or wrestling. “Charity” therefore began from home. Now that we all acknowledge him as our own unofficial Tyson capable of chopping off ear pinnae, he has transited with ignominy from a high commissioner to an area boy like Dare Adepoju Adesina, ex-Deji of Akure. The rascal’s mental capacity to represent Nigeria is now unarguably suspect. His office let another take. He appears to have accumulated credentials to the detriment of a matching character. If that bully called Deji could be dethroned, then Wigwe should be recalled instantly for rehabilitation at Aro. Pictures hardly lie, this woman as a grand-mother must have endured this pummelling till this breaking point. Wigwe should be recalled forthwith to prevent him from destroying Nigeria and himself further. I can volunteer his return ticket home by the next available ticket to prevent his continued misrepresentation of motherland. The reason for this duel may not be unconnected with an amorous relationship outside, probably with an embassy or consulate staff.
    Finally, can we imagine if this rabid aggressor were to be offended inadvertently by his President’s wife, many scattered teeth on the floor will tell the story! If he can so treat his wife, he cannot be entrusted with another’s. Anyway, we are expecting him at Murtala Mohammed Airport or the nearest port of entry.

  13. olododo ogbagi

    He was trying to switch job, from Diplomacy to boxing or wrestling. “Charity” therefore began from home. Now that we all acknowledge him as our own unofficial Tyson capable of chopping off ear pinnae, he has transited with ignominy from a high commissioner to an area boy like Dare Adepoju Adesina, ex-Deji of Akure. The rascal’s mental capacity to represent Nigeria is now unarguably suspect. His office let another take. He appears to have accumulated credentials to the detriment of a matching character. If that bully called Deji could be dethroned, then Wigwe should be recalled instantly for rehabilitation at Aro. Pictures hardly lie, this woman as a grand-mother must have endured this pummelling till this breaking point. Wigwe should be recalled forthwith to prevent him from destroying Nigeria and himself further. I can volunteer his return ticket home by the next available ticket to prevent his continued misrepresentation of motherland. The reason for this duel may not be unconnected with an amorous relationship outside, probably with an embassy or consulate staff.
    Finally, can we imagine if this rabid aggressor were to be offended inadvertently by his President’s wife, many scattered teeth on the floor will tell the story! If he can so treat his wife, he cannot be entrusted with another’s. Anyway, we are expecting him at Murtala Mohammed Airport or the nearest port of entry.
    Finally, assuming the President’s wife had crossed her line with this pugilist, she would have been thoroughly de-toothed in a raging fury. If it can happen to his wife, any other woman could be a punch-bag for the crude man.

    • Emeka

      You have said it all. the guy is a complete MUMU

    • J.T.I.

      Olododo Ogbagi, I always like you assessment of issues. This one too, I like it. Also, I like the control you have over the English language which some people call ‘command of English’. You comment much on issues of Kwara State, is like you are from there. May God make it possible for us to meet one day. Thank you. Jacob Terseer Iortyer (08065565543)

  14. Ayo

    This sounds bad, but this is the true picture of the so-called Nigerian representatives. I can see that he is a WHITE SHEEP of the family, I believe GEJ will bring him back home for treatment.

  15. One wonders what the buly is still doing in Kenya. A responsible nation would have recalled him home to face the musicbut definitely not my dear country Nigeria.

  16. Olododo Ogbagi

    It could have been worse, were this to be one of wild Wigwe’s active days. She would have sung her nunc dimitus. Any functionary in Government should first be subjected to a psychiatric test. PDP harbors many insane men well-dorned in normal apparels. This is one wolf in sheep clothing till his wife exposed the animal called Ambassador. He lacks the quality for the title. I hope Government will not start their usual “soft-landing” on this matter. He deserves a mention in the book : “How not to be a husband.” We all long for his timely arrival in Abuja.

  17. Olalere

    MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS ON HERE ,,, IT IS VERY FUNNY HOW MANY OF US LOOK AT MATTERS AND JUST JUDGE … WHAT IF THAT IS SOMETHING OF THE MOBSTERS….WHAT DO YOU THINK…TO GET SOMEONE OUT OF POWER ..PEOPLE ARE READY TO GO THE EXTRA MILES.

  18. Awayeme

    Marriage is not by force.He should have set the lady free from this miserable union and gone ahead with his other women who undoubtedly would be getting the same treatment.
    No woman deserves this kind of treatment,a grandmother’s physical health cannot endure this.He could have killed her ! No respect for their children and grand children.
    A man beating up his wife or any woman is not a man in the true sense of the word.If he is so sure of his boxing prowess,he should try men like himself.

  19. OLUKUNLE KUYE

    Thank God madam got tired too soon. The tiger would have mauled her out totally. Who knows how long she had been enduring the fisticuffs? He also appeared to have forgotten the use of his stronger hand. It could have been more devastating. Yet the rascal occupies one of the most eminent seats in the Nation. We need to know whether he received this trait from mum or dad to enable us classify the trait as “mamaric” or “barbaric”. Whichever way, both grandparents are trading this “tournament” with their respect. I hope Government would not soon reward him with a National honor! It is this fighting aura around him that exposed the President to stoning in his domain. He should be dispatched home before he accelerates the “till death do us part” portion of their marital vow. Shame to such sordid savagery.

  20. OLUKUNLE KUYE

    Wigwe’s concept of to “love” and to “cherish” displayed here is bizzare. It appears he was just serving the first course in a four course meal. Thank God madam got tired too soon. The tiger would have mauled her out totally. Who knows how long she had been enduring the fisticuffs? He also appeared to have forgotten the use of his stronger hand. It could have been more devastating. Yet the rascal occupies one of the most eminent seats in the Nation. We need to know whether he received this trait from mum or dad to enable us classify the trait as “mamaric” or “barbaric”. Whichever way, both grandparents are trading this “tournament” with their respect. I hope Government would not soon reward him with a National honor! It is this fighting aura around him that exposed the President to stoning in his domain. He should be dispatched home before he accelerates the “till death do us part” portion of their marital vow. Shame to Wigwe for such regression to sordid savagery.

  21. Agbalagba

    I am a Nigeria man. I have never cheated nor laid hands on my wife in 15 years of marriage. However, I also want to state that although most Nigerian men may not physically abuse their wives, they cheat. More than 70% have cheated. I may be wrong, but judging from what I see among my friends in Nigeria, cheating is not frowned upon by the society. Wives know and do nothing. I heard a story where the wife of a policeman would pack condoms in his travel suitcase.

  22. lekan

    this is unfair though we need to know if there is anything behind it however drop him as a diplomat baba Jonah!

  23. Matthew Bankole Sule 1

    Jonathan should drop Wigwe as a Diplomat, Please.

  24. don,t they study these people very well before appointing them into such high positions?. The ministry of foreign affairs should recall him immediately for his own explanations of what happened.!

  25. francis

    Presido Jonathan pls drop this fool immediately

    • ZWANIKE

      Yes, i agree he should be dropped. it is quite shameful what he did. However, family issues are very complex and can be carefully fix. The man needs Chris,t possibly the wife too. SOMETHING went wrong somewhere.

  26. this man is an animal.

  27. Henshaw

    I am amazed as to how such a man was made an ambassador in the first palce?

    When everything is politizied in a country this is what you get. Even when this man is recalled another PDP man will replace him; when will Nigerians truely rid themselves of PDP?

    I wonder how the children tolerated the battering of their mother for so long a time without advising their father to put a stop to such a disgraceful act.

  28. ada

    The man is just a shameless mean he-goat. He should be incarcerated. Haba!why would he treat his wife like that?if he’s tired if d woman he should let her know instead of dragging her close to her grave. He has just told the world the stuff some nigerian guys are made of. Its only an animal that will act dat way. As old as he is,he still has d strenght to fight. Instead of reserving his strenght for some useful adventures,he decided to use it wickedly. Poor woman,she must have endured enough.

  29. chichi

    this man shuld be thrown into a crocodile’s house for hs body to be feasted on. God pls were the one who created this man?Women u really have to be crful wit whom u choose for a life partner cos u might jst end up like this woman…pls he shuld be sent home for immediate prosecution….life imprisonment for assault and battery,and for disgracing a nation liike ours…..Joe pls act now…I rest my case..

  30. Mouth

    If this woman knows a leopard cannot change its spot why go back to him. Niger women sef longer throat too much…

  31. OGBENI NAIJA

    THE ONLY THING THAT WILL HAPPEN IS FOR THE FGN TO RECALL THE AMBASSADOR & MAY BE IF HIS INTERNATIONAL EMPLOYERS SEES HIM INCOMPETENT,HIS APPOINTMENT MAY TERMINATED FOR GROSS MISCONDUCT AND DOMESTIC VIOLENT IF GUILTY IN COURT OF LAW.

  32. Victor Bassey

    What did she do?

    • Naubiko

      The more reason to beat her to death abi? If na your sister, mother,or daughter nko? you go dey ask the same question…..

  33. Ayo

    Please let Kenyan police prove that this man was in town when this shame and inhuman treatment. After let us get the children, household and embassy staff to testify. Once this is affirmative of the complaint, this man should go to jain in Kenya. Otherwise, Jonathan’s failures has started.

  34. Naubiko

    Did GEJ not get all this in his security briefing that this man is a wife beater before he was appointed…GEJ will not do anything as he’s never done anything about anything….

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