Husband Blinds Wife’s Eye Over Housemaid In Lagos (Photo)
A 32-year-old woman, Precious (not real name), lost the use of one of her eyes after she was allegedly brutalised by her husband, Samuel, at their home on Unity Christian Street, Akesan, in the Igando area of Lagos State.
While still struggling to raise N180,000, the amount needed for a surgery to repair the damaged eye, the Akwa Ibom State indigene was allegedly beaten with a cutlass by the husband, who accused her of sharing their family problem with a neighbour.
PUNCH Metro gathered that Precious, a mother of four children, got married to the suspect when she was barely 14 years old.
She said she had endured 18 years of domestic violence, adding that she was fed up with the marriage and wanted a divorce. She said;
“Sometime last year, my housemaid told me that my husband beat her up. I went to ask him why he did that, knowing that if anything happened to the girl, I would be held responsible. When my husband heard that, he left what he was doing and started chasing me. That was around 10pm. I ran out of the house.
“When I fell, he stamped on my eye and everything went dark. I visited the Lagos Island General Hospital for treatment, but they said I would need to undergo a corrective surgery which would cost N180,000.” The victim, who earned N700 per day at a restaurant where she assisted a cook, said she had not been able to raise the money since then.
She said sometime in March 2017, their landlord issued them a notice to quit after their rent expired in December 2016.
Precious, who claimed to be responsible for payment of rents of their two-bedroomed flat, said the landlord later gave them a letter inviting them for a meeting with his lawyer. She said,
“I went to see a neighbour, called Alhaja, and asked her to counsel me on how to go about the issue. When my husband returned from church that evening, he ordered me not to enter the house. “I then sat on a bench outside. Suddenly, he brought out a cutlass and started beating me with it. People in the neighbourhood begged him, but he refused. He used the cutlass to injure me in the hand. I also fell and injured my leg.”