How My Daughter’s Fiancé Bathed Her With Acid’

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The
motive behind the acid bath of 22-year-old Chika Egbo by her estranged lover,
David Sulaimon, remains elusive, but one thing is sure, the victim may not
remain the same again. Chika
is a student of the Enugu State College of Education.
Last
Tuesday, when our correspondent visited her at the Burns Unit of the Lagos
State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Egbo has become a shadow of the
beautiful girl she was. The
substance Sulaimon allegedly poured on her had destroyed every visible skin
from her chest upwards.

She
mumbled to her father, a Taraba State-based businessman, as she could neither
see nor speak properly at the time.

When
her father, Matthew Egbo, narrated the incident that led to Chika’s state, the
story brought tears to his eyes as he lamented that his daughter would never be
normal again.
Matthew
said, “In March 2011, someone who identified himself as Lekan Sulaimon called
me, asking for my daughter’s hand in marriage. We talked a lot and I promised
to speak with Chika on the issue.
“My
daughter later told me he was the boy she was in love with and said she had
resolved to marry him.”
After
much discussion, Matthew told Sulaimon to bring his parents for proper
introduction, but the suitor said his father was ill and needed to be taken
abroad for treatment. He also said his mother was abroad.
Matthew
said, “On the June 25 date that we agreed on, Sulaimon brought seven men and
four women dressed in Yoruba attire to my hometown, Enugu, where we held the
introduction.
“But
around November last year, my wife travelled from Taraba to Enugu and Chika
told her she was pregnant.”
According
to Matthew, Chika told her parents they should not be alarmed since she and
Sulaiman had agreed to get married.
Chika
was instructed to go to Lagos and tell Sulaiman’s relations about the
pregnancy.
But
when she got back from Lagos, Chika told her father that she discovered that
most of what Sulaiman had told her about his parents were lies.
Matthew
explained, “For instance, Chika discovered that Sulaimon’s father was hale and
hearty. The father told her he was not aware of any plans by his son to get
married.
“She
also learnt that the mother was not abroad too. She visited her and she told us
the woman received her well and even expressed joy that his son had found
someone to marry.
“But
after the visit, we heard nothing from neither Sulaimon nor his parents until
after my daughter gave birth to a baby girl on May 4.
Our
correspondent learnt that Chika had broached the idea of abortion to her
parents, as she told them it was apparent that the man she was in love with had
lied to her all along.
Matthew
forbade her to consider abortion. After the baby was born, Chika was said to
have informed Sulaimon, but he gave series of excuses why he could not visit
her.
He
reportedly told her he was facing some challenges and did not have the
wherewithal to take care of the baby at the moment.
After
a few months, Chika’s baby girl was weaned and taken to Taraba to live with
Matthew and his wife.
The
Egbos said they took the decision to take the baby off their daughter’s hands
so that she could continue her study.
PUNCH Metro learnt that in
November, Sulaimon began to request that he needed to see his baby, but Matthew
told him to bring his parents to come and iron things out.
Chika
was said to have insisted she did not want to have anything to do with the
young man anymore.
But
on November 5, Chika travelled to Lagos after Sulaimon had informed her that
his mother wanted to see her. The unsuspecting girl left Enugu without
informing her parents.
“My
phone just rang that day and I was told to come to Lagos because a young man
had poured acid on my daughter,” Chika’s father said.
Matthew
said the message came as  a rude shock since he was not aware his daughter
went to Lagos. He explained that the police were the ones who got his number
from her phone.
He
said,“What I learnt was that when she arrived Igando, Lagos, Sulaimon met her
and she demanded that he should take her to his mother who wanted to see her.
“What
we gathered from the little she could mumble to us was that Sulaimon went
behind a house and as they were about to pick an okada to his mother’s house, he brought out
a polythene.
“But
when they stopped at a point and Chika thought they were going to proceed to
his mother’s house, he just opened a container in the polythene he was carrying
and emptied its content on her head.
“She
told us when she realised that what Sulaimon poured on her had began eating
into her skin, she raised the alarm and called for help.”
PUNCH Metro learnt that
passersby and sympathisers, who had been alerted to the young woman’s plight,
pursued the fleeing Sulaimon. He was caught and taken to Ikotun Police Station.
 “Till
now, I still don’t know why he did what he did,” Matthew said.
Divisional
Police Officer of Ikotun, Mr. Augustin Akika, confirmed the incident, but said
the suspect had been transferred to the state Criminal Investigations
Department, Yaba.
Source:
Punch

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