A middle aged man identified simply as Rufus has reportedly bathed his 20-year-old nephew named Ebuka Okonkwo with acid for refusing to support him in his argument with some neighbours.
The incident was said to have happened on Friday evening in Ogwashi-Uku community near Asaba, Delta State.
According to Leadership report, on that fateful day, the victim, a student of Comprehensive Secondary School Ogwashi-Uku, had returned from school, after which he went for a private business.
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When he came back from his business, he met his uncle quarreling with some neighbours. His uncle had wanted him to take side with him but he refused and went about his business. Infuriated by this, the uncle went into the house, picked up acid from the room and poured on his nephew.
Recounting his ordeal, the victim who is currently receiving treatment at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) said it was while he was washing the cutlasses which he used to kill cows after his school hours that his uncle went into his aunt’s room where he removed the acid and used it on him.
“I never suspected my uncle had any bad intention towards me. He bathed me right from the left side of my face to the other parts of my body,” he said.
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Confirming the incident, DSP Celestina Kalu, Police Public Relations Officer in the state said the suspect is collaborating with the police in the ongoing investigation, adding that he would be charged to court when the investigation is complete.
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