How wo­man cut off man’s tongue in La­gos

Weekly Trust - - News - Nathaniel Bi­van (Abuja) & Ab­bas ‘Dal­ibi (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

Abio­dun

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