How woman cut off man’s tongue in Lagos
Aweek before Babangida, 23, was to travel from Lagos to Zaria, where he was seeking admission at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), his life changed for the worse. Babangida’s mother, Hajiya Hassana Ali, narrated how her son made friends with a girl who came to live with their neighbours. The girl, Abiodun, is a relative of their neighbour’s wife, who had recently put to bed.
From the beginning, Abiodun would send Babangida on errands and later they started going to places together. When Hajiya Hassana noticed how Abiodun sometimes insulted him, she advised her son to stay away from her. And he did. After a certain period, they started getting close again but when Babangida noticed his mother’s displeasure, he kept his distance from Abiodun, again.
However, one night when Babangida went out to urinate, Abiodun pounced on him, choked him and cut off his tongue. Abiodun’s brother-in-law who heard the commotion when he also came out to relieve himself inquired whom she was with in the toilet, and she claimed she was alone. When he noticed blood from beneath the door, he broke down the toilet door. Upon seeing Babangida on the floor in a pool of blood, he went to his mother’s house and informed her. The girl was almost lynched but Hajiya Hassana intervened and ensured she was taken to the police station.
Babangida’s mother said there was the possibility the girl wanted to use her son’s tongue for rituals.
The victim was rejected in several hospitals because his tongue was cut off from its root. Eventually, he was admitted at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital. According to the doctors, there is hope that the tongue would grow a little since the patient was still young. This would enable him communicate to some extent.
Hajiya Hassana however alleged that there was a plot at the police station to release Abiodun on bail and that the police had already been paid N30, 000 by the girl’s family and were waiting for a balance of N20, 000.
Yahaya Suleiman, the victim’s elder brother, also accused the police of changing Babangida’s statement. He explained that where the victim wrote that he went to pee and wrote ‘fiss’ instead of piss, the police changed it to ‘kiss’.
At the court, the judge, upon seeing Babangida’s condition, ruled that Biodun be remanded in prison until her next appearance in court.
Suleiman, who said the girl’s family is not happy with their in-law’s account of the incident, and had accused him of taking sides with the victim’s family, added that before the incident, Biodun had been heard saying she would soon be driving a big car and would rent a nice house.
The victim’s mother has asked that justice be done in her son’s case.
The victim’s elder brother, also accused the police of changing Babangida’s statement. He explained that where the victim wrote that he went to pee and wrote ‘fiss’ instead of piss, the police changed it to ‘kiss’.
Babangida, after his tongue was cut off
Babangida, before the incident