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Monday, 10 July 2017

"Our mum didn’t experience domestic violence," Ex-NBA President’s children reply activists

"Our mum didn’t experience domestic violence," Ex-NBA President’s children reply activists

Children of a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN), and his wife, Ranti, who died on Thursday, have debunked reports that their mother’s death was caused by 28 years of domestic violence, Punchng reports.

The six children, who paid glowing tributes to their late mother, made this denial in a statement. Two of the children, Paul and Benedict, who signed the statement on behalf of the six of them, said the comments of some personalities on social media  suggesting that their mother was a victim of domestic violence, were false.

Although they said the marriage between their father and mother had its ups and downs, it never degenerated to a level where their mother had to suffer domestic violence in the hands of their father.

They also threatened to take “all necessary steps” against those who published “defamatory remarks” aimed at trashing their family name. The statement read in part, “We categorically debunk such fallacious rumours which are to the effect that our dear mother died as a result of years of being subject to domestic violence for a period of 28 years are published by several blogs and social media outlets.”

Ranti was aged 54. She died in a hospital in Kaduna on July 6 (Thursday). She was up till the point of death, battling a divorce suit instituted against her by her husband some years back. She was said to have fallen ill on Wednesday and died of heart attack on Thursday, the day she was scheduled to appear in court to give oral evidence in respect of the divorce suit.

Responding to online reports attributing the cause of their mother’s death to domestic violence, the children said: “We reiterate to the contrary that we all grew up in a loving environment where we first hand witnessed the affection of both of our parents.

We are not unmindful that as with any marriage of 33 years, our parents’ marriage had its ups and down. However, this never ever at any point whatsoever disintegrated into any form of domestic violence."

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