The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, yeserday ordered the immediate release of Ugo Madugba. Madugba was arrested by policemen attached to the Dolphin Police Division in Ikoyi for marrying his 28-year-old wife without the express approval of her parents.
Madugba’s wife, Nono Orji, who is a medical doctor, had said in a Facebook post on Thursday that her husband was arrested on the orders of her parents who have been against their marriage from day one.
She said, “The Nigerian Police in Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi just arrested an innocent 30-year-old man called Ugo Madugba for an offence of marriage. Marriage has become a crime in Nigeria according to Dolphin police station in Ikoyi. Mr Ugo got married to Dr Nono a 28 year old medical Doctor.
“Her father has been very distraught about it and has used the police to threaten the young couple to the extent of arresting all those who acted as witnesses to the marriage who are now in custody.”
However, following a report by The PUNCH, the police boss immediately ordered the release of the victim.
Madugba, who confirmed his release to our correspondent said, “I have been released and I am very grateful.
On a side note, when I called him yesterday after his release, I advised him to try to settle things with his in-laws and seek peace, and sounding very bitter, his response was “how can you seek peace when the other person has no interest in peace?”