Sunday, 26 March 2017

I have forgiven her - 24-year- old man attacked with acid by ex-girlfriend in Akwa Ibom

Iniubong Ime, who was attacked with acid by
his ex-girlfriend earlier this month in Akwa
Ibom State said he said no ill feelings toward
her and no plan to seek revenge.
LIB recall that on Tuesday, March 6th, 26-
year-old Lucy Daniel, an indigene of Ikot
Annung II, in Ibesikpo Asutan LGA allegedly
poured acid on Iniubong, 24, from Ikot Ntuen
Oku,after he called off their relationship due
to her troublesome nature. See previous post
here:
Speaking to Daily Trust recently about his
ordeal, Iniubong, who is currently receiving
treatment at the University of Uyo Teaching
Hospital recounted how a year into their
relationship, he discovered that she is a
troublesome person.
"She was causing trouble between me
and my mother, my siblings and my
friends, she caused trouble between
me and everyone close to me, and
succeeded in driving people away from
me. So I decided to quit. She initially
left but later started coming back,
pleading that I should accommodate
her, and that she wasn’t working and
didn’t have anywhere to stay. Rather
than accommodate her, I got her a job
and also rented an apartment for her.
Thereafter, I told her that I had gone
beyond my ability and she could
continue her life from there. I pleaded
with her to understand that we could
no longer date. That was last year.
She relaxed for a while and this year,
she started coming around again. She
would come at ungodly hours, so I
told her that I didn’t welcome such
visits and whenever she came around I
would send her back.
Lucy didn't take the break up well.
"Of course, not peacefully.Even when
she wasn’t coming around, she was
always monitoring my movement and I
knew it. But I didn’t bother because I
had nothing to do with her anymore.
Sometimes, when she spots me with
anyone, male or female, she wouldn’t
care to know who the person was and
would just begin to insult them.
Recalling how the attack happen, Iniubong
said on that fateful night, he had retired to
bed when he was woken up by a knock on his
door.
"On Monday, March 6, 2017, I went to
bed early but was woken up by a
sound outside my door at about
midnight. When I woke up I saw that
my window net had been torn and I
decided to find out who was at the
door. When I opened the door, I saw it
was Lucy, and before I could say
anything she splashed the acid on me
and ran away. I was in serious pain,
and the burns on my body are severe.
The only thing I could do at that point
was to rush to a bucket of water which
I usually kept in my room and poured
it on myself with the hope that it
would ease the pain. I then began
shouting for help and people started
coming out, including my siblings who
were in the next apartment. They
brought me to the hospital.
DT: After the incident, what was the reaction
of her family?
Ime: Her mother was very angry. She is still
not feeling well because she is hypertensive,
so I can understand with her. She called me
and said she would have nothing to do with
Lucy henceforth. I was even told that the
mother made efforts and apprehended her,
took her to a local government chairman and
was to be handed over to the police the next
day. I don’t know what the chairman did and
Lucy escaped from his custody. She’s still at
large.
My aunt has since reported to the police. But
our major concern now is for me to recover.
My treatment bills are being footed by my
family and friends and it has not been easy.
You know that injuries of this magnitude
need a lot of care and money. So, I will
appreciate if government at any level, interest
groups and kind-hearted individuals can
come to my aid so that I can recover.
DT: When you recover, will you seek
vengeance?
Ime: That wouldn’t solve anything. I have
decided to let it go and forgive her. In fact, I
forgave her from the very day it happened. I
thank God I’m still alive. I won’t take her
back because I had long broken up with her
before the incident. But I can relate normally
with her. I have no hard feelings towards her.
We won’t be lovers again, but she won’t be
my enemy either.
DT: Did you at any point promise to marry
her?
Ime: Not at all. I don’t make promises I
cannot fulfill. I only told her that if we were
meant for each other, destiny would bring us
together. I however advised her that if she
saw any other suitor, she could go ahead and
marry him.


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