AIFCE student escapes death …As ‘Okada’ man ‘baths’ her with boiling water By Victor-Clark Alisigwe

It was like satan visited Chinyere Uchechukwu a student of Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education (AIFCE) in Owerri on Thursday evening when on return from church, an encounter with her neighbour (names withheld) landed her in hospital with multiple burns.

Narrating her ordeal to Christian Voice, Miss Uchechukwu, a native of Isiala Mbano local government area of Imo State, alleged that her neighbour, a commercial cyclist, had bathed her with boiling water.

She said that on that fateful day, she had arrived home from church and had gone to buy a candle.

On entering her residence, she was accousted by a dog belonging to the okada man which barked profusely at her unrestrained.

In her encounter with the dog, she alleged that she fell on the ground three times. But the owner of the dog and his wife simply watched without calling their dog to order, as if they were being entertained.

According to her, after the incident, she went into her room and over heard another neighbour quarreling with the dog owner for allowing his dog to harass her.

“As I stepped out of my room once again, he rushed towards me and want to use a knife on me. But I held him; she said.

Chinyere narrated that the dog owner/commercial cyclist fled the scene when people gathered on noticing what was happening.

Much later, when she went to collect some hot water to take her bath, the man reappear and accousted her.

In the melee, the assailant over powered her, seized the boiling water and poured it on her after which her neighbours rushed her to a nearby hospital.

Miss Uchechukwu, who said that the man had never made any love advances to her, added that he was in the habit of threatening spinsters who live in the same neighbourhood on Tetlow Road Extension, off Otamiri Lane, Owerri.

When contacted, police sources said the suspect had been arrested over a case of assault, occasioning harm.

Miss Chinyere is still hospitalized as at the time of going to press.


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