Nigerian police are investigating an attack on a couple in Osun State who had acid thrown on them by an unidentified persons as they walk home from work Monday December 16..
Doctors are battling to save the eyes of the banker from Ile Ife, Mr. Tope Akinlabi, and his wife, Mulikat, who were bathed with acid.
The husband’s face was badly affected, the burns on the wife’s face was less severe due to the Hijab she had on.
Tope said he was still scared because he did not know the people behind the attack and the reason they targeted his family.
He said, “After the close of work last Monday, I went to my wife’s shop and waited for her to close after which we went to an eatery and bought some snacks for our kids.
“My wife and I were walking on the road around a hotel at Eleyele Street when I saw a motorcyclist carrying a passenger coming towards us. I told my wife that this bike would hit us, but before I finished saying that, the person at the back of the bike poured acid on us.
“I started screaming and calling for help. Those around came to our rescue, while others pursued the two men who attacked us. Eventually, they were caught. Sympathisers started beating them, but one of the two bike men started pleading that they should not be killed because they were sent.”
“We don’t have any enemy,” he added.
He urged the police to find those after his life, saying he was still living in fear because he didn’t know if those who attacked him were satisfied with his present state or had wanted to kill him.
The wife, Mulikat, said she didn’t know why the hoodlums attacked the two of them, adding that those arrested had been taken by the police to the State Criminal Investigation Department at the Osun State Police Command headquarters.
The Commissioner of Police in Osun State, Mrs. Dorothy Gimba said "I can assure you that we will surely investigate and make sure that justice is done in the case. Husband and wife attacked with acid? That is terrible.”