Photo: Housewife loses eye after fight with 79-year-old mother-in-law

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The mother of two was also said to have been

attacked by her sisters-in-law, Bose Showole (39) and

Oduntan Enitan (24), at their family house on Isale-

Agbede Street, on the Lagos Island area of Lagos

State.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the case was reported at

the Adeniji Adele Police Station, leading to the

arrest of the suspects.

The victim explained that she was attacked because

she stopped giving money to the septuagenarian.

She said:

“My husband and I live in the family house and

we have been there since 1989. We have two

children.

“However, my mother-in-law started keeping

malice with me after I stopped giving her money.

I lost my jewellery business due to the

demolition of my shop in 2014 and because of

that; I could no longer support her.

On Saturday, January 16, around 4pm, I returned

from work and I met her at home. When I

greeted her, she shunned me. I was surprised

because I never had any disagreement with her.

“Before I knew it, one of her children, Bose

(Showole), punched me in the left eye. I fought

back. Her grandchild, Enitan, used stone to hit

me in the same eye, while the woman herself hit

me with a chair. Blood started coming out from

the eye.”

She said she reported the assault at the Adeniji Adele

Police Station and from there, she was referred to

the Lagos Island General Hospital, where the doctors

told her she had lost the use of her left eye.

A medical report from the hospital, signed by one

J.O. Owuye, said the victim was diagnosed with, “left

periorbital swelling, abrusion at anterior chest wall.”

It was learnt that the police arrested the 79-year-old,

but later released her on bail after the two other

suspects, Showole and Enitan, were produced by the

family.

Lawal, however, accused the Investigating Police

Officer, Ajekigbe Sarah, of siding with the suspects

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against her.

She alleged that the IPO deliberately prevented her

from completing her statement at the station.

“She stopped me midway and said I should go to

the hospital for treatment. But when I returned

to finish writing the statement, she said it was no

longer necessary. Even the DPO queried her for

the action,” she added.

Her father, Alhaji Ahmed Oshodi, called for justice.

But the septuagenarian suspect, Awakan, denied the

allegations.

In her statement to the police she said:

“It was about 4pm. I was at home when Alhaja

(Lawal) came in and greeted me and I told her

not to greet me again. Alhaja is the wife of my

son. I asked her not to greet me because the

previous day, she abused me indirectly and I

decided not to reply her greetings again.

“So, when she came in and greeted me, I

shunned her, but one of my daughters

intervened.”

She said Lawal and her daughter had an argument

which degenerated into a fight.

“I don’t know how she got injured in the eye,” she

added.

Showole, in her defence, said she intervened because

Lawal, who was her brother’s wife, was “abusing my

mother and pointing a finger at her”.

“I pushed her hand and she slapped me on the

face. Then we started fighting. She held my

clothes and I did the same. I don’t know what

happened to her eye,” she said.

Enitan denied involvement in the fight.

She said the fight was between Lawal and Showole.

The police, however, arraigned the trio before a

Tinubu Magistrate’s Court on three counts of assault

occasioning harm. The case was adjourned till March

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