The police in Lagos State have made a breakthrough in the case of acid attack on a middle aged woman, Bamidele Otakiti, when her ex-husband, Ajayi Olatunbosun, was arrested for allegedly hiring thugs to pour acid on her at her shop on Adejobi Street in the Ajasa Command area of the state.
The couple who divorced in February, 2015, due to irreconcilable differences, had been living separately after the commercial motorcycle rider (Okada) husband accused his wife of serial adultery. It was in the heat of the disagreement that the woman who bore him three children divorced him and he decided to take revenge on her by disfiguring her.
It was gathered that the two-man assailant team hired by Olatunbosun come to Otakiti’s shop on April 21 at about 7.30 pm with a can containing a substance which later tested positive for acid. She was reportedly trying to give them change for some items they had bought when they poured the substance on her.
The attackers allegedly told the woman that they were sent by her ex-husband before they fled the area. She was said to have been rushed to a nearby hospital, from where she was referred to the General Hospital, Ile Epo, for intensive care.
Olatunbosun, a resident of Adetoun Street, Abule-Egba, was apprehended after his alleged involvement in the incident, which was reported at the Meiran Police Station.
A police report stated that Olatunbosun, an Ifewara, Osun State indigene, had initially denied the allegation, but later owned up after being thoroughly quizzed.
"He initially denied hiring the thugs. But after a comprehensive interrogation, he confessed, saying the woman had been flaunting her beauty and committing adultery. He is giving us useful information to track the fleeing suspects."