27-year-old Ladi Ishaku from Badirrisa, Adamawa State was bathed with acid by her jealous lover, Kama Hammanjoda. The Victim explained to news men how the incident happened during an interview conducted.
Briefly tell us about yourself.
My name is Ladi Ishaku. I am 27 years old. I reside in Badirrisa, Girei Local Government Area of Adamawa State. I am a student of the Federal College of Education, Yola, nearing the completion of my National Certificate of Education in Special Learning Disabilities in Geography.
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How did you sustain the injuries to your body?
I was sleeping at home on the night of March 17. I wasn’t alone, my mother’s sister (aunty), was lying in between me and one of my siblings. The weather has been hot lately, so, to escape the heat we usually sleep outside, because it has become greatly uncomfortable to sleep indoors.
On that fateful night, around 10pm someone came into the compound, passed over my brother and my aunty and poured something that felt like a liquid on me. I immediately woke up and shouted, “Holy Ghost fire!” I saw the shadow of a man take flight. Then I started feeling a hot sensation all over me. I started to shout. My brothers who were sleeping indoors heard my cry and rushed out but the person who poured the acid on me had escaped. It was dark so we could not see the direction he went.
Who do you suspect could be responsible for the attack?
One suspect has been arrested. He’s my boyfriend whom I suspect of ordering the acid attack on me because of the threat he had been issuing since I refused his proposal for marriage. We have been dating for close to a year now but when he proposed I decided to find out about him and then discovered he was already married with three children.
I live at Baddirrasa and my fiancé lives in Song, where he works as an automobile engineer. So, I asked one of my aunties who lives in Song to help dig out some information about my fiancé which she did and that was how I got to know he was married. Armed with this information, I then told him I wouldn’t be getting married to him. He then said if I refused to marry him he would never get married to anyone else.
What happened afterwards?
From that point he started making life unbearable for me. He would come to my school and if he found me with anyone of the opposite sex, he would start fighting me and beating me. He made life so unbearable for me. There was a time he followed me home then my deceased mom was still alive he came into the house and manhandled me. This was after he realised I wasn’t going to marry him. At my mother’s funeral he did the same thing; he doesn’t want to see me with any other man, if he does he will approach me and start beating me; all of this he was doing to frustrate me.
He kept telling me if he wasn’t the one to marry me everyone was going to lose. He remained resolute that he must marry me and he would sometimes bring me a lot of money to entice me to change my mind but I always refused him. I told him I could not marry him because of my Christian values.