Another case of domestic violence has been recorded in Lagos State after a middle aged man identified as Bade, pounced on his wife, a member of the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC), identified as Funmilayo, and beaten her blue black, before poking a finger into her eye and stabbing her with a broken glass, because she refused to open the door for him after he came back late from an outing.
Bade who has been arrested by the police from the Surulere Division, was also said to have pounded the woman, the mother of his two children, on the face, disfiguring her seriously after which she was rushed to a health centre in the area before being taken to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, by neighbours.
It was gathered that the incident happened on Monday, February 8, at the couple’s home at Kilo area of Surulere when the woman, an Insurance graduate currently undergoing her Youth Service, was said to have followed her husband to his parent’s house and they had returned around 8pm.
“Immediately we got home, he said he wanted to go for a meeting somewhere and I told him to return as early as possible before they shut the street gate at 10pm.
When it was 11pm, I called him, but he didn’t pick his calls. He also did not respond to a Whatsapp message I sent around that time. He later picked his call and I warned him that if he returned too late, I would not rise up from bed to open the gate for him.
Around 1am, I called his telephone line again and I heard a noise at the background. I overheard a lady talking. I told him I was going for my NYSC Community Development Service early in the morning, but he ignored me.
At about 2am, he called me on the telephone and said I should come and open the gate, but I ignored him. When I eventually went downstairs to open the gate, somebody else had done it.
He abused my mother and I cautioned him, but he said it was my day of reckoning and my cup of iniquity was full. I was in my night gown that time.
He picked up his belt and started beating me. As I tried to run away from him, I fell down. During the struggle, a mirror fell on the floor and he stabbed me with a splinter. He sat on me. I screamed in pain and shouted for help, but nobody came to my rescue.
He poked a finger into my eye and gave me several blows in the face,” the woman narrated from her hospital bed.
She said that an in-law rushed her to a medical facility in the area before she was later taken to LASUTH for treatment while the case was reported at the Surulere Police Station, leading to the arrest of the suspect but some family members later prevailed on the victim to let go of the case because of the children.
The couple were, however, said to have separated pending when the matter would be fully resolved.