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Akwa Ibom Court Jails Father for Children’s Neglect

The Akwa Ibom State High Court, located in Uyo, has taken decisive action against a father of three, Henry Edet Unung, ordering his arrest and confinement at the Uyo Correctional Centre for a period of one month. This ruling, delivered by Justice Ntong Ntong, stems from the father’s persistent refusal to fulfill his parental responsibilities towards his children, as mandated by previous court orders.

Justice Ntong highlighted the respondent’s blatant disregard for the court’s directives, dating back to a prior ruling issued by Justice Iboro Ukpanah in November 2018. Despite being instructed to provide financial support and essential provisions for his children, including a monthly maintenance allowance of N20,000 and other necessities such as food, school fees, and medical expenses, the respondent failed to comply.

Expressing strong condemnation for the respondent’s actions, Justice Ntong described his behavior as contemptuous and disrespectful towards the authority of the court. Despite reminders and legal measures taken to enforce compliance, including the issuance of Form 48, the respondent persisted in defying the court’s orders, prompting the court to intervene decisively.

In light of the seriousness of the situation, Justice Ntong emphasized the inherent right of the court to uphold its decisions and ensure the welfare of the children involved. Citing the Child Rights Law of 2008, which prioritizes decisions concerning children’s welfare, the judge underscored the importance of acting in the best interests of the children affected by the case.

The case has been adjourned to March 28, 2024, signaling the court’s ongoing commitment to addressing and resolving issues related to child welfare and parental responsibility.

IMAGE: Tori News

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