Woman who bathed victim with acid arrested in delta state.

A woman in Okpanam community, Mrs. Stella Ifeoma Agbo who bathed her neighbour with acid has been arrested and remanded in prison custody in Agbor. This latest development was confirmed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Delta State Command, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, who claimed that the suspect was on Thursday 29th June, 2017, charged to court and was subsequently ordered to be remanded in prison by the judge.The PPRO affirmed that this was a case of homicide, adding that the Admin Department of the Command had carried out a thorough investigation on the matter; the onus is now left with the court to do justice.Meanwhile, the 17 year old victim, Miss Judith John Paul while narrating her ordeal to a team of journalists in her ICU bed in FMC Asaba, had cried out for help, saying her life has been ruined.

The girl whose two eyes and breast region of her body were gone, narrated that they were neighbours in one compound at Okpanam, but had to move out two years ago due to Mrs. Stella's troubles. "I don't really know what her troubles with me were, but she kept on tormenting us even after we had moved to a new place. She claimed she saw me in her dream taking her husband from her.On this fateful day, on Sunday 4th June, 2017, she blocked me on my way to the church. I didn't want to make trouble with her, so I snubbed her and walked on. I just noticed she poured something on me; it was when I started reacting to it that I knew it was an acid. People could not immediately reached me when I screamed for help, until I managed to move into the church because I was close by. It was some of the church members around that immediately brought me to the hospital. I have finished my WAEC and JAMB exams which I cleared, I am learning tailoring while awaiting admission. I am the second child in a family of five", she sobbed while explaining.

Speaking also was the victim's mother, Mrs. Patricia John Paul who already looked sick as a result of the trauma. According to her, the whole issue was just confusing. Narrating, she said, "she (Stella) started making this trouble after she claimed that she lost her unborn baby to miscarriage after I prayed and sang in my house one night. Since then she kept on making troubles of seeing us in her dreams. When we complained, my husband, a V.I.O would restrain us from retaliating while her husband would plead for peace. She kept on calling me names and accusing me of trying to kill her to marry my daughter to her husband.As we speak, last year April, this same daughter of mine was stabbed at that same spot where the acid was poured on her", she stated.

As it stands, Miss Judith John Paul whose father is a Vehicle Inspection Officer needs urgent financial assistance to undergo plastic surgery either at the Orthopaedic Ward at the FMC where she is presently hospitalized or abroad. They are from Ebrede in Isoko area of Delta State.Further investigation revealed that the suspect, Stella is a mother of two and works as a cleaner in a private school. She is from Enugu State and married to a bus driver. This medium learnt from a source who claimed anonymity that the husband complained that on two occasions the wife almost burnt down the house where they are living.Meanwhile, expert opinions so far tried to relate the situation to a case of insanity that was not dictated. It was however suggested that investigators should as well subject the suspect to a mental test to ascertain her true state of mind.

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