An Onitsha based hairdresser? Anurika Chinwuba has been bathed with a flesh burning substance suspected to be acid by her husband, Mr. Onyeachonam Chinwuba, over alleged divorce threat in Awka, Anambra State.
The mother of two was splashed with the substance at the premises of the Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Center at Agu-Awka in the state capital where she dragged her husband, a civil servant, to the Anambra state Children and Women Affairs, to seek divorce.
A statement by the Commissioner for Children and Women Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue said that the victim wanted dissolution of the marriage following her husband’s alleged questionable lifestyle.
According to an eye witness account, the painful scream of the woman after the substance was poured on her body attracted a Staff member of the ministry and some people around who rushed to the scene and took her to the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, where she was admitted.
The doctor treating the victim said the skin peeling substance had caused severe damage to the woman’s skin.
The doctor who spoke on condition of anonymity said the patient would be taken to the plastic surgery unit for further medical attention.
While confirming the incident, the Public Relations Officer of COOUTH, Miss Henrietta Agbai, said the state government was aware of the incident.
She urged spouses to always settle their family issues amicably rather than taking laws into their hands.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Haruna Muhammed, confirmed the arrest of the suspect adding that he would soon be charged to court.