After accepting a marriage proposal from a married man, a young lady is currently battling to save her life.
25-year-old Ogochukwu Nwosu is currently enduring what might be the worst pain she has ever experienced, after she was bathed with acid by an unknown assailant.
Ogochukwu who is on admission at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, was reportedly on her way back from work and was waiting for a bus at the Ilasa bus stop, Oshodi-Apapa expressway, when a man came down from a motorcycle, poured the acid on her and jumped back on his motorcycle as he fled.
Passersby rushed Ogochukwu to the hospital, where she was confirmed to have burns on her face, neck, breasts and some other parts of her body.
Speaking to Punch Metro, Ogochukwu said she suspected the wife of the man whose marriage she had just accepted. Giving her name as Mrs Chidi, Ogochukwu said she had received several threats from her, both via phone calls and text messages.
Ogochukwu said she had rejected Mr Chidi's proposals on the grounds that he was married, but he kept coming back to propose to her. She said:
“On Thursday, I had closed from Computer Village where I work. Around 8pm, when I reached Ilasa bus stop, I dropped off the bus. I was about to cross to the other side of the road when a man dropped from a motorcycle and poured something on me. He immediately fled on the motorcycle. People came to my rescue and took me to the hospital. I suspect Mrs. Chidi because she had been threatening me before the incident. And while I was on admission at the hospital, she called and spoke with my brother, saying that was just the beginning.”
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The victim's brother who gave his name as Peter, said he had a recorded conversation his sister had with Mrs Chidi, on his phone. He said she has also been arrested and detained at the Itire police division, while the case was transferred to the state CID in Yaba.
Ogochukwu's lawyers, Louis Nwaugbala and Anthony Obi, petitioned the Deputy Inspector General of police in Abuja concerning the issue.
Here's what was written in the petition:
“Sometime in 2012, one Mr. Chidi approached our client and started making advances to her and promised to marry her. But she vehemently refused the proposal. She told him that she was not interested in the marriage since he was already married.
Upon Mr. Chidi’s insistence of wanting to marry our client and even making preparations to visit our client’s family to formalise the marriage rites, our client advised Mr. Chidi to inform his wife of his plans to take our client as his second wife, since both of them will be cohabiting in the same house. Immediately Mr. Chidi made his plans known to his wife, all hell broke loose as Mrs. Chidi started calling and persistently threatening our client’s life through phone calls, text and Whatsapp messages.”
According to the lawyers, Mrs Chidi had promised to deal with Ogochukwu before December 2016 when Mr Chidi and Ogochukwu had planned to hold their traditional wedding. They also said Mr Chidi had promised to beg his wife to accept the union, when Ogochukwu had earlier tried to report the threats to the police.
One of the lawyers, Nwaugbala, said the Chidi's must send her abroad for plastic surgery:
“That is the only thing that can assuage the damage presently done to her. She should be flown abroad for treatment.”
Mr Chidi had this to say when contacted:
“I cannot speak with you, neither can my wife. The case is under investigation at the SCIID. Go and speak with the police at Panti; they are the ones investigating it. We cannot make any comment.”
Confirming the incident, SP Dolapo Badmos, the Lagos state police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), said:
“It was reported that the victim was bathed with acid by two men on a motorcycle. The victim alleged that she suspected the woman because she (the victim) is a girlfriend to Mr. Chidi and because she (victim) might likely marry the man, Mrs. Chidi might have planned the attack.
Mrs. Chidi was picked up, made to undergo investigation and the command could not get any clue linking her to the case for now. And to protect her right, she was granted bail. Investigation is still ongoing to unravel what actually happened. Anyone linked to the case will be duly prosecuted.”
Na wa oo! This is a serious matter!