A middle aged woman (name withheld), who was recently arrested for allegedly bathing a 20-year-old girl with acid over relationship with the husband in Okpanam, Delta State, yesterday confessed to journalists at the Police Headquarters in Asaba that she only poured the acid on her victim in her dream.
The woman, who was one of the arrested criminal suspects paraded by the Police, surprised everybody around as she was being brought to the parade ground, crying: “I am not the one who poured on the victim, Miss Judith John-Paul, the raw acid that sent her to hospital battling for life.
“People are saying that I am the one who poured the victim the raw acid, but I am not the one who did it. What happened was that I poured the victim the acid in my dream, but not while awake, as people are claiming.
“As I said before, everyday, I dreamt of the victim snatching my husband from me and in most cases, I saw her and other members of her family eating my unborn children in the dream.”
The suspect said she used to quarrel with the victim and her family members everyday because of the dream she was always having about them and that on the fateful day, the suspect again came in her dream, trying to bathe her with acid and in the course of defending herself, the raw acid poured on the victim, but she was able to throw the container with the acid away, though the acid poured on the victim.
According to her: “I was surprised when policemen came to my house to arrest me for what happened in my dream, saying that I bathed the victim with acid on her way to the church.”
At a point, journalists began to question the mental stability of the suspect, but a closer look showed that she also had some little acid burn on her hands and other parts of her body.
Meanwhile, the victim was still at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba, battling for her life from the high degree burns that has affected her eyes, face and other parts of her body.