Two weeks after 25-year-old Chiwendu Nwobodo was bathed with hot vegetable oil by a neighbour during a disagreement over a N900 worth of puff-puff, it does not seem that the emotional injury she has sustained would heal as fast as her physical ones, Punch reports.
The victim’s husband, 32-year-old Henry, a trader, told Punch that anytime his wife sees herself in a mirror, she bursts into a fresh round of sobs.
“The way the hot oil has disfigured her makes her depressed and I just try as much as I can to console her anytime she sobs. I really wish my wife could go back to normal but the damage to her face is very terrible for her to look at,” Henry said.
The woman’s problem became compounded when doctors confirmed on Wednesday that she had lost her two-month-old pregnancy.
Henry said, “There is no way I can quite explain how sad I am right now because that unborn baby, which we have now lost, was supposed to be our first child.
“She had already been discharged from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital where she was rushed to after the attack, but few days ago, she started to complain of abdominal pain and after two days, she decided to go see the doctors at the Gbagada General Hospital, Lagos.
“A doctor then gave us a note to go for scan. It was confirmed there that the baby was dead and had to flush her womb, which we have now done. The cost of her treatment keeps piling up everyday.”
Henry added that his wife was never a quarrelsome woman and that in fact, she was on good terms with every one of their neighbours.
Asked if there had been animosity between his wife and the suspect in the attack, who has so far been identified as Iya Daniel, Henry said no.
“Everyone in the compound knew her as someone who likes to fight everyone. Sometimes, she would even say out of anger that she would kill someone one day,” Henry said.
Henry said he wanted Iya Daniel to face extra charges for the ‘murder’ of their unborn child. He has since reported the development at the Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba, Lagos.
But as of Thursday, Iya Daniel had not been rearrested since she was released on bail days after her arrest by policemen from the Ijesha division.
The Lagos State Police Command spokesperson, Mr. Joe Offor, reportedly said that it was likely that fresh charges would be preferred against the suspect if the situation has changed.
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