The Police at ‘B’ Division in Asaba, Delta State have arrested a 43-year-old housewife, identified as Maureen Ndikwe for allegedly bathing a female rival with acid.
Police sources say the suspect, wife of the choirmaster of a popular Pentecostal church in Asaba, allegedly bathed her rival on Sunday evening at a well-known hotel around Infant Jesus area of Asaba where the husband and the lady purportedly had sexual intercourse.
A senior police officer at the station, who confirmed the arrest of the suspect to journalists on the condition of anonymity, said, “the suspect confessed to attacking her rival in anger and with acid water. She said in her statement that the girl failed to steer clear of her husband after several warnings”.
It was gathered that the choirmaster’s alleged randy activities since he assumed the leadership of the choir section of the popular church had been alarming, particularly among teenage and unmarried girls whom he allegedly “pummeled” at the hotel most often.
This, our informed sources, said were piled up offences recorded against him by his wife who was said to have vowed to take the laws into her hands with a view to putting a stop to act of infidelity.
DSP Andrew Aniamaka, Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, in the state, confirmed the arrest of the suspect, and told journalists that “the woman said she caught the husband with the girl in the hotel after they may have had sexual intercourse, and at the gate she poured acid water on her body”.
He added that the victim was at present being treated at the Federal Medical Center, FMC, Asaba as investigation was ongoing.
Eyewitness, Tony Ehrew said the suspect emerged from the bush path to the hotel when the unsuspecting husband and the girl were moving towards the gate, and brought out a container with acid water she allegedly poured on her rival.
But her attempt to disappear into thin air was thwarted when she stumbled on a stone and fell to the ground.
He said, “the suspect fell down after pouring the girl acid water, and in the process angry mob descended on her before the police were invited to the scene who later took her away to the police station.”
Pastor in charge of the church, who spoke to journalists on condition of anonymity, said there have been series of accusation of sleeping around with female church members by the husband of the suspect, adding that upon investigation, it was found that the choirmaster’s randy activities might spell doom for the church if he is not expelled.
He said, “We were just planning to expel the suspect’s husband when the bubble burst. By this he can no longer serve as a choirmaster of the church again.”