Sunday, 24 January 2016

A mother of two, Mrs. Oyinyechi Chinaka, is
recuperating after she was reportedly stabbed
several times by her neighbour (names withheld) in
Mushin area of Lagos.
Mrs Chinaka was rushed to   the Lagos University
Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, but she lost
her seven months pregnancy.
The victim’s agony began   after she allegedly
caught the neighbour stealing money from her
purse and, not wanting the woman to expose  him
at number 11, Anjorin Street, Mushin, Lagos, the
suspect was said to have stabbed Mrs. Chinaka
with a  kitchen knife severally on her stomach
,arm and neck and left   her to bleed to death .
The mother of two could have died   but for the
timely intervention of neighbours who went looking
for her and called for help after they saw her lying
in her room in a pool of blood.
While neighbours were at a loss about   what
happened to her, the assailant went about as if
nothing happened until he was found out by his
elder brother and   he confessed to stabbing Mrs.
Chinaka .
The victim,
who spoke to
Vanguard on
her hospital
bed, narrated,
“ I was at
home that
fateful day
when my
children came
to me in the
kitchen where
I was cooking
to say
electricity had
been restored,
and that I
should come to
the living room
to play a
cartoon video,
called Power
Ranger, for
them. I left
what I was
doing and   went to operate the television for them.
But to my astonishment, I saw the neighbour in my
room. He was going through my purse to steal
money. I caught him red handed. He was shocked .I
said, ‘ So, you are the one stealing all the money
that has been missing in this compound’. I was
shocked because I trusted him and we had never
quarrelled before. I usually left my children with
him and he entered my house the way he liked, but
for him to be stealing was shocking to me. As I was
still talking to him, he ran out of the room and
before I knew what was happening,  he came back
with a kitchen knife and told me that he will stab me
with it. I thought he was joking but to my shock, he
moved close and, as I attempted to escape, he held
me and started stabbing me with the knife . He
stabbed me until I lost consciousness. I did not
know what happened next. I only found myself in
hospital and, after surgery, I was revived. My
husband told me that I was stabbed and would have
died but for God’s mercy. I could not feel my baby
anymore. I was seven months pregnant but my
baby was not kicking”.
Mr. Henry , Mrs Chinaka’s brother- in-law,
explained the trouble the family went through to get
medical help for her.
“ When we heard that she was stabbed, the family
rallied round and rushed her to LUTH. Doctors told
us that she had to use the only   ICU machine but a
lot of people were on queue to use it. We ran helter
skelter to look for money to deposit for her
treatment. We had to deposit N500,000 and we
have spent more than a million naira   on her
treatment but nobody knew who stabbed her and
she was on life support machine for months .
Unknown to us, the assailant’s elder brother had
reported him to the police at the Olosan Police
Station and the police had charged him to court for
attempted murder   without carrying out thorough
investigation nor did they   visit the woman in the
hospital” , Henry said. “ We have been prevailing on
the police to include the case of murder in the
charge against the assailant because the woman
lost her seven months old pregnancy due to the
stabbing. The baby is in the mortuary but the
DPO of the Olosan Police Station and the IPO are
not ready to cooperate with us as they went on to
charge the boy to court without hearing from the
family of the victim. We are appealing to the police
to revisit the case and amend the charge to
include murder. We want justice to be done.”
A human rights activist, Mr. Ishola Agbodemu, urged
the police to get justice for the victim, especially in
the light of the lost pregnancy.
“If she had not been stabbed and made to go
through such a terrible experience, she would have
given birth to a child by now. The child’s murder
should not be overlooked by the police”, Agbodemu
In his statement to the police, the suspect said he
was pushed by an evil spirit to stab Mrs. Chinaka.
“I went to her house to steal money. She caught me
but a spirit told me to stab her, so I went to the
kitchen and took the knife and stabbed her with it. I
stabbed her because I did not want her to reveal to
other neighbours that I am a thief. I fled the house
when I saw blood gushing out. It was my brother
who exposed me. He saw a cut wound on my hand
and he questioned me where I got it. I had to
confess to him that I used knife to stab Mrs
Chinaka. My elder brother took me to the Olosan
police station and I was arrested”.Sourcee: Vanguard


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