A 37-year-old woman, Mrs. Josephine, has been arrested in Lagos for bathing her neighbour, one Mrs. Blessing Christopher, 33, with hot water for reportedly greeting her husband against her wish.
Josephine had claimed that she was not ready to share her husband with Blessing and she meant it by pouring hot water on her. Blessing, a worker with Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), incurred the wrath of Josephine on Tuesday night at Agbotikuyo, Agege area of Lagos.
Blessing explained that on Tuesday night, as she was preparing dinner for her family in the kitchen, her neighbour’s husband came into the place and greeted her. Immediately she replied, the man’s enraged wife reportedly jumped out.
Blessing said: “I responded to his greeting by saying, ‘Welcome Sir’.
The wife, who heard us, came out from their apartment and warned me never to greet her husband again. She said that if I tried it again, she would deal with me. I asked her when it has become a crime to respond to greetings and she said I should wait for her. I continued with my cooking.”
“A few minutes later, I saw her with a pot; she was hurriedly moving towards me. Her husband tried to block me but she went behind and poured the hot water on my back.”
Blessing, who was writhing in pain, was in bed when our correspondent went to speak with her. She said: “Since she poured the hot water on me, I have been in pains. The worst situation is that my husband and I don’t have enough money to pay for my medical treatment. I don’t know what I did to that woman. We didn’t even have any issue. We are just four months old in the compound. We later heard that most tenants that had moved out of the compound left because of the woman’s troublesome nature.”
Blessing said since the incidence happened that she had not been able to take care of her twins; the twins are just two years old. Her husband was forced to stop going to work in order to mind the kids.
In January, Josephine was alleged to have broken a neighbour’s head during a squabble.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed the story. Elkana said that the suspect had been arrested.