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Nigerian Acid Attack Victim In London Cries For Help – “How Could Anyone Do This To Me”

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Feb 2nd, 2013 – Nigerian Acid Attack Victim In London Cries For Help – “How Could Anyone Do This To Me”

The news that made headline yesterday was the horror story of a 20-year-old Nigerian lady by the name of Naomi Oni who works as an assistant manager at a Victoria secret store in London, UK.

Ms Naomi Oni, a Nigerian woman who was attacked with acid by a niqab wearing attacker on her way home in Dagenham, London on the 30th of December last year suffered serious facial burns.

Naomi Oni is currently pleading for help from the public and law enforcement officials in finding her attacker.

In a tell-it-all interview she granted to Evening Standard UK magazine, here is what Naomi Oni said:

‘I’d been working a late shift and was talking to my boyfriend about what we were going to do for New Year when I saw this Muslim woman wearing a niqab covering her face,’.

‘I thought it was a bit strange at that time of night, but she didn’t say anything and I kept on walking.

‘Then I felt a splash on my face. It burned and I screamed out. I started running and screaming, holding my face, all the way home. I didn’t look back.

‘I got home and I was screaming and banging on the door. I was hysterical. Luckily my godmother, who is a pharmacist, was at home with my mum and she helped me and kept dipping my face in water and trying to calm me down until the police and ambulance got there.

‘I was in shock. Saying: “Who would do that? Who would do that?” How could anyone do this?’.

Miss Oni decided to speak out after police failed to establish any motive behind the December 30 attack or identify a suspect.

She said the attack had ‘destroyed’ her life and left her too afraid to venture out or even show her face in public.

‘I look in the mirror and it just isn’t me. I’ll never look the same again,’ she said. ‘I’ve always been outgoing and confident in my job and in my personal life, used to getting attention for the way I dress or my hair, but now I don’t want anyone looking at me.

‘I don’t want people to see me in public. I don’t want to get the Tube or the bus. If I have to go to the hospital I take a taxi.

I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to go back to my job. I was planning to go to college in September to study media and fashion, but I don’t even know if I’ll be able to do that.’

The store assistant has been told she faces months if not years of skin grafts and further plastic surgery and even then is likely to be left with severe facial scarring.

She and her mother say they are too afraid to go back to their council flat in Dagenham. They are currently sleeping on a friend’s sofa-bed after turning down the offer to be rehoused in Tottenham on safety grounds.

‘Even with the support of my family and friends and boyfriend I feel very alone,’ she said. ‘Nothing is going to be same anymore.’ [Evening Standard UK]

Nigerian acid attack victim Naomi Oni is the sole caretaker of her 52-year-old disabled mother, Marian Yalekhue.

Hope her attacker will be brought to justice.

We wish her speedy recovery.



  1. Ckenzi

    February 2, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    There’s stil hope 4 u, sista. I dnt pretend dat dis grief is izi 2 bear. D poem, Invictus, by William Henley could ofa som relief in dis tym of weaknes. U could search it out via google. I wish I cn do mor.

  2. rabi

    February 2, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    D person person in niqab wearing person may not even be a woman!!! Who ever it is, may Allah(swt) expose her/him speedingly. May HE also come to ur resque, heal & be wit u Naomi, amen!

  3. Efe

    February 2, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    How can anyone be so heartless? Please do not be discouraged, go ahead and do whatever you want to do. I know it’s not easy, but your destiny is with God and no amount of acid can change that. As for the attacker, God will answer him or her

  4. ojo

    February 2, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    my God will comfort you and the evildoers shall be brought to book soon. God please console her and be by her side in this hard time.

  5. Bola

    February 3, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    It is well my sister, do not be discourage nor be dismay cos dis time of ur own trial u shal surely overcometh it, as for the person did dis to u he/she wil not go unpunished cos whosoever kill through sword will also died through sword that is law of nature. Dont worry soon or later he/she wil receive his/her own judgement. Cheer.

  6. Barr. Idris

    February 3, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    All this is nothing more than puting a curse or blame on muslims in other to incriminate them the religion itself; as my dear sister “Rabi” pointed out that “who knows the victim whether is man or woman” whether is be muslim or christian to tarnish the image of islam and it followers. Pls my dear Nigeria! let be sincere and judge story justifiable. if that picture appear to be real, in that case, i congregate myself in wishng you quick recovry, may God expose wrong-doer and rewrd him/her same wrongful act.

  7. John emeka

    February 3, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Muslims again! What on earth could pple do to dis evil minded pple who never think twice in spliting of blood..haba, this one is geting too much

    • Ckenzi

      February 3, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      Leav religion outta dis, pls!

  8. marshal danjuma

    February 3, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    It shall be well with you in jesus name, they can only delayed your destiny but they can’t stop it always bear in mind

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