By Mary BASSEY, Senior Investigator Reporter, Lagos.
THERE seemed to be no end in sight for the exacerbating rate of domestic violence against the men folks by their spouses over unsubstantiated accusation of extra-marital affairs as the recent incident also in Lagos has shown. This is happening against the backdrop of a yet to be settled not too long murder of a husband by his wife somewhere in Ikorodu Lagos over alleged infidelity. One peculiar trait of this crime of passion that has become common place in Nigeria is that after the commission of the crime, the suspects always plead battery and self-defense instead of telling the world that their act was predicated on the suspicion that partners was keeping another mistress outside their marriage because they could not prove such allegation. The recent incident CrimeWorld was told, happened somewhere in Ijesha, a densely populated community in Lagos metropolis. It was gathered that one Mrs. Joy Akachi the wife of Ibe of Ibe Akachi had a heated argument the previous night onever her husband late night out adding that all efforts to disabuse his wife’s mind that his late night out had nothing to do fell on deaf ears as the visibly angry wife went to bed ruminating over their marriage that had been blessed with four children. It was further hinted that when Ibe woke the next morning to prepare his breakfast for himself and the children, Joy stayed out only to appear from behind with a bucket of boiled water and emptied it on her unsuspecting husband; peeing off substantial part of his skin. He was said to have been rushed to the hospital while the wife was arrested at their 21 Karounwi Street Ijesha. The Commissioner of Police CP Imohimi Edgal while briefing
newsmen during the parade of arrested suspected cultists and sundry criminals Wednesday said, “The command had recorded many cases of domestic violence; this is another case of domestic violence which caused very grievous bodily harm. It involved a woman, who surprisingly poured 100 degree hot water on her lover. This woman had an altercation with her man and they still went to bed together. Unknown to the man, the woman still nursed grudges. In the morning when the husband was making breakfast, the woman boiled a full bucket of water and emptied the content on the husband, causing him very severe and life-threatening burns. The husband was rushed to a hospital, while the woman was arrested for investigation and ultimately for prosecution.”
But defending her action, the suspect claimed that her husband was fond of beating her up, adding that the constant abuse prompted her to pour the hot water on him. The trade on fairly used clothes claimed that her husband was not caring to his family adding that she responsible for the upkeep of their home including fending for the children adding thirty years after, her man was unable to marry her properly.
“We are not married but we have been living together for 13 years. I have four kids for him, yet he has been maltreating me. I sell Okrika clothes for children at Aswani market. On that day, I went to get some Okrika clothes to take to Aswani. When I got back home around 9.00 pm, he asked me where I was coming from and I told him. He asked me to go back. I flared up and told him that he caused everything because he usually went out without dropping any money for food. I told him that I was the one running around like a mad person. It is the money I make from the clothes I sell that I use in feeding the children. My man suddenly dragged me inside and locked the door and beat me up. The following morning, he used a boiling ring to boil water in the bucket and asked me to bath the children. When I complained that I was in pain due to the previous night beating, he beat me the more. Out of frustration, I raised the bucket that was filled with hot water and poured it on him,” she narrated.
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