A 29-year-old woman has been remanded in prison custody after she attacked her neighbour and cut off his tongue in the process.
There have been different angles emanating after a 29-year-old lady, Biodun Ilerioluwa allegedly cut off the tongue of one of her neighbours, Babangida Sulayman at their resident on Alhaji Abass Street, Ogudu, Lagos State.
The incident which happened on the night Thursday, October 5, 2017, has turned into a theatre of the absurd following insinuations that Ilerioluwa was actually having a secret affair with the 23-year-old Sulayman and bit off his tongue while they were kissing.
It was gathered that the two of them were so close that many read meanings into their relationship despite their age difference.
The duo, it was learned, had enjoyed a mutual relationship for about two years they had an issue in March 2017, when Sulayman's mother asked him to quit the friendship after a disagreement broke out between them.
Following his mother's advise, Sulayman, a barber, was said to have stopped relating with Ilerioluwa and kept her at arm's length.
Not comfortable with the situation, the suspect who has since been arrested and remanded in prison custody, reportedly approached the victim for reconciliation about two weeks ago, and pleaded with him to resume his role as her errand boy which he rejected.
The strained relationship between Ilerioluwa who is still single, reportedly assumed a new dimension around 8 pm on Tuesday, October 3, when they met at the shop of a woman in the area and she was said to have rebuked Sulayman which prompted the shop owner to ask him what went wrong.
Narrating what happened on the night he was attacked, Sulayman said he had gone to the toilet around 11.30 pm to urinate and was about to leave the restroom when Ilerioluwa allegedly sneaked in, squeezed his neck and forced him to open his mouth and used a knife to cut part of his tongue.
The victim’s mother who is the landlady of the building, Hassanat Ali, said she was asleep Lerioluwa's in-law, Olumide Agbolade, raised the alarm.
“They [Ilerioluwa and Sulayman] related with each other like siblings. She used to send him on errands as far as Ikeja and they used to go out together.
I had warned him to stay away from her six months ago when they had a disagreement and she called him an ingrate. I saw them together three days before the incident happened and I warned him again.
I was sleeping when Olumide banged at our door, calling Musa, Babangida’s elder brother, to come and see what Biodun did to Babangida.
By the time we got to the toilet, there was blood everywhere. My son could not talk. I saw the severed tongue, while the jewelry Biodun wore was covered with blood. I asked her what happened, but she did not say anything.
People rushed into our building and started beating her. I cautioned them and she was handed over to the police.
Three different hospitals rejected Babangida before he was eventually admitted to the Lagos State Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.”
One of the Babangida’s brothers, Yahaya Sulayman, said the Investigating Police Officer in charge of the case visited the victim at the hospital to obtain his statement, alleging that the IPO later altered the statement and claimed that Ilerioluwa injured his brother while he was kissing her.
“I am not living with the family. I got a call about the incident and rushed to the hospital. I met Olumide there and asked him what transpired.
He said he wanted to urinate when he heard Babangida screaming and on getting into the toilet, he was bleeding from the mouth. Doctors said they could not attach the severed tongue.
A policeman came to the hospital to obtain his statement. He could not talk. He gave him a pen and paper and he narrated what happened in writing.
We were surprised when we learned that the IPO was saying he wanted to kiss her. Biodun’s family was pushing for settlement through the police.
They brought a document for us to sign and offered us N30,000, but we rejected it. The DPO directed that she should be charged to court.”
The victim who is still on admission managed to speak on the incident from his hospital bed.
“We were very close and she always told me that she liked me. But we never had any amorous relationship. She introduced me to her friends and boyfriends. She used to complain that I only liked her friends’ pictures on Instagram.
On Tuesday evening, we met at a shop on our street. She told the shop owner that I misbehaved and I told the woman to ask her what I did. I later told the woman that I would tell her what happened the following day.
I was with Olumide and some residents outside that night, chatting. We stayed late outside because there was a power outage. Around 11.30 pm, I left them and went to the toilet to urinate.
I did not shut the door. As I was about to come out of the toilet, I saw Biodun at my back. Before I could ask her what happened, she held my neck and pushed me against the wall.
Everywhere was dark and I could not tell whether she used teeth or an object to cut off my tongue. She thought I wanted to reveal her secret to the woman.”
The State Police Public Relations [PPRO], ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the assault and arrest of the suspect, adding that she had been charged to court and remanded in prison custody following the adjournment of the case till October 18.
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