A 38-year-old woman’s inability to bear a child for her husband and the love she has for him, coupled with the fear of losing him, has led her to bathe him with acid because she did not want to lose him to another woman.
The lady, Remi Agunbiade, as reported by the Tribune, has made a startling confession to the police, saying she committed the act because she loves her husband, Olawale Shola, so much and did not want another woman to have him, hence the need to disfigure him after a quarrel and she told him to leave his house.
Agunbiade, a resident of Ita Barika, Foko area of Ibadan, Oyo State, has been arrested by policemen from the Iyaganku Division in the state, over an attempt to kill her husband on January 27, 2016.
Read what she told the police:
“I met Shola in 2003 and we have been together since then. He was the one who forced me to abort for him twice, and since then, I have not been able to get pregnant again. Then, he had a wife with two kids.
When I had my first pregnancy, he said that his wife was also pregnant with their third child, asking me to abort mine, which I did. He used to schedule his stay between the two of us.
We used to quarrel often and this got me worried because I knew that if he left me, I would not be able to have another steady relationship since no man would be willing to live with a barren woman.
I met a lady called Iya Azeez at a provision stall at Agbeni market, Ibadan. During our discussion, I intimated her of my challenges and said that I didn’t want to leave my husband.
She replied that I would have to resolve the issue through self-help. I asked for assistance to stop further quarrels between me and my husband and she said she would help me get water that had been prayed into from an Alfa, stating that all I would need to do is to sprinkle it on my husband, after which he would love me without holding anything back. She gave me a bottle containing the liquid substance on Tuesday, January 26.
The woman who gave me a substance told me that it was a charm meant to endear my husband to me. I never knew that what she gave me was acid.
All I was trying to do was to keep my husband’s love so that he would not think of leaving me, because I know that my marriage with any other man would not endure because of my barrenness.
On Wednesday morning, Shola was lying down when I took the bottle and poured the content on his head. He cried in agony from sleep and I also shouted and ran out. But he followed me and caught up with me beside the house next to ours.
He asked people to help him hold me so that I would not run away. By then, a huge crowd had gathered and it was then they started saying that it was acid that I poured him. Some of the liquid got rubbed on my body when he held me, giving me some burns.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, has confirmed the story, saying the suspect was still undergoing investigation and would be arraigned to court at the conclusion of investigation.