A 29-year-old resident of Ogombo, Ajah, Lagos State, Flora Ekong, has been scalded after a co-tenant, Angela Amos, poured hot water on her. The mother of one had her breasts and left hand scalded and was admitted to a private hospital in the community.
It’s learnt that Ekong had chided Amos’ daughter, Mary, for opening the bathroom door while she (Ekong) was taking a bath. Amos, a native of Cotonou, Benin Republic, reportedly heard Ekong rebuking nine-year-old Mary, and confronted her.
In the ensuing altercation, Amos reportedly rushed to her kitchen, removed a bowl of boiling water on a stove and emptied it on the victim.
It’s learnt that she attempted to flee, but was prevented by the landlady, who handed her over to the police at the Ajiwe division. The 29-year-old widow, a native of Cross River State, who spoke with our correspondent from the hospital bed, said she had tried to avoid Amos.
She said, “That was not the first time her daughter would barge in while I was in the bathroom and I had warned her. When she refused to stop, I reported her to her mother through a neighbour. The mother is troublesome, that was why I didn’t meet her directly.
“Instead of her (Amos) to caution the child, she abused the neighbour. The daughter did the same thing last Sunday. I was in the bathroom on Tuesday when she repeated it. I told her that the next time she did that, I would slap her.
“The mother dared me to slap her and we started exchanging words. She left and returned a few seconds later with a bowl of hot water which she emptied on me.”
A co-tenant, who witnessed the incident, Sunday Alo, said everybody in the house avoided Amos.
“I was inside my room that day when I heard her exchanging words with Flora (Ekong). No one expected that she could pour hot water on the woman,” he said. A relative of the victim, who did not want his name in print said, about N100,000 had been spent on her so far.
Ekong was arraigned before a Tinubu Magistrate’s Court on Friday on two counts of assault and was granted bail in the sum of N50,000, with one surety in like sum.