An official of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), simply identified as Nwaeze, who heads the customs unit at Mosafejo Aradagun unit, has allegedly poured acid on a young woman, Tope Fadipe.
This is coming at a time when the customs are trying to extricate themselves from a rape charge against two of its personnel, Felola Uzezi and Mohammed Sanni, who were accused of raping a 23-year-old lady at Limca Bus Stop area, still at Badagry.
The incident which occurred at the Badagry area of Lagos saw the customs officer bathe the victim, a salesgirl at restaurant owned by Nwaeze, with acid on allegations of an un-remitted N50,000.
According to eyewitness account, the incident which begun as an argument, soon became an altercation when a visibly enraged Nwaeze stormed off.
Despite maintaining her innocence of the said missing money, Nwaeze came back with the acid with which he allegedly bathed the victim with.
Fadipe, who is currently receiving treatment for her severe burns at the Badagry General Hospital, is said to be in a critical condition as her burns continue to worsen instead of healing.
Although the matter was initially reported to the Badagry Police Division, the suspect was said to have evaded arrest until he was later picked up by the police.
In telephone conversation with the Badagry Divisional Police Officer, Ibrahim Hassan, a Chief Superintendent of Police, said the suspect has since been arrested, contrary to claims that he was still in the neighbourhood.
He said, “I don’t know who told you that but we arrested the suspect. We later transferred the case to the State Criminal and Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba, where investigations are currently ongoing.”