Lagos Police command officials have arrested a 25-year-old cook, Kelechi Ugwu, for allegedly damaging the private parts of her neighbour, Emeka Egwu, in Ajiwe, in the Ajah area of the state.
Ugwu reportedly burst Egwu’s scrotum for allegedly denying her access to her boyfriend.
Metro Plus learnt that the unnamed boyfriend and Egwu were friends and there had been a disagreement between the lovers for some time which made them to keep each other at arm’s length.
The suspect was reportedly disturbed that Egwu did not reconcile her with her boyfriend.
Our correspondent gathered that the boyfriend had visited Egwu, but Ugwu was not aware until her estranged lover left.
She was said to have complained to a neighbour about Egwu’s indifference to settle the disagreement and threatened to deal with him.
The victim reportedly confronted her after he got wind of the alleged threat and an altercation ensued.
The woman was alleged to have gripped his private parts and damaged one of his scrotums with her fingers.
It was gathered that the case was reported to the police at the Ajah division, which apprehended Ugwu.
A source disclosed to Metro that Egwu told the police that he was caught unawares by the assault which happened on March 12,2018.
The source said, “According to the complainant, he was outside around 7pm that day when Kelechi (Ugwu) passed in front of him, looking for her boyfriend who had visited him (Egwu). She left when she could not find him and told a woman that he (Egwu) was the one who told her boyfriend to abandon her.
“He said when he heard that she threatened to burn down his house, he confronted her. She reportedly picked a stick and hit him in the face. While some people held the complainant and tried to caution him not to beat her, she used her fingernails to inflict injuries on his scrotum.”
Another source, however, said the woman, in her statement to the police, said Egwu came to challenge her in her apartment for shouting as she was discussing an issue with her sister.
He said, “The woman is a cook. She said she was reporting a friend to her sister and during the discussion, she became annoyed. According to her, while she was shouting, Emeka (Egwu) confronted her and beat her up with a stick. She said it was when she got to the station that he knew he was injured in the private parts.”
A police prosecutor, ASP P.O. Dike, brought Ugwu before a Tinubu Magistrate’s Court on one count of assault.
The charge read, “That you, Kelechi Ugwu, on March 12, 2018, around 7pm, at General Paint, Ajiwe, Ajah, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did cause harm to one Emeka Egwu, by using your fingernails to thwart (sic) his scrotum, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 245 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2015.”
The presiding magistrate, Mr. L.O. Kazeem, granted her bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety in like sum.
The case was adjourned till May 21, 2018 for trial.
[By Punch NG]