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Woman scalded with hot oil loses pregnancy

Chiwendu Nwobodo

Chiwendu Nwobodo, the 25-year-old woman who was bathed with hot groundnut oil by a neighbour in the Surulere area of Lagos over N900, has lost her two-month-old pregnancy.

Her husband, Chigozie, said that his wife had also developed complications as her left ear was now oozing pus.

The suspect, Iya Daniel, had been re-arrested and detained at the State Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba.
Our correspondent had reported that Chiwendu and Iya Daniel, who were neighbours, lived on Ogbomosho Street, Ijesha, in the Surulere area.

They were said to have had a disagreement during which Chiwendu reportedly kicked away some balls of puff-puff belonging to the suspect.
Iya Daniel allegedly demanded N900 for the damage, which the victim’s husband promised to pay.

However, after returning from work on the evening of the fateful day, the airport worker was said to have gone to the toilet.

She was reportedly coming out when Iya Daniel accosted her and emptied a pail of hot groundnut oil on her.

She was subsequently rushed to the hospital and placed on admission.
The suspect was arrested by policemen from the Ijesha division, but was later released on bail.

Chigozie told the SDCI on Wednesday that his wife had lost her first pregnancy.

He said, “She developed complications and started losing blood from her private parts. We were advised to do a scan, and the result showed that she had lost the baby.

“We were advised to take her to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital. The doctors said they will have to flush her system to remove the remains of the baby. They also prescribed some drugs to her.

“I am sad because it was supposed to be our first child. We have been married since May 2014 and we were happy when our family doctor confirmed that she was pregnant. But now that she has lost it. I am angry because Iya Daniel caused it.”

Our correspondent observed that the victim’s right ear was discharging white fluids, while some parts of her face had peeled off.

She also walked with some difficulty as her sister, who said her picture should not be taken, helped her to the door.

When our correspondent asked how she was doing, she simply said she was getting better.

It was, however, learnt that Chiwendu rarely slept as she always felt pains all over her body.

Chigozie said she wanted the suspect charged for the injury on his wife and the lost of the pregnancy.

“This is murder. I want the law to take its full course in this case,” he said.

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