One Rufus who lives in Ogwashi-Uku community near Asaba, Delta State has been arrested for deliberately pouring acid on his nephew, a-20-year old Ebuka Okonkwo because Ebuka refused to take sides with him when the suspect had quarrel with a neighbour.
According to DSP Celestina Kalu, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, confirmed that the suspect is currently helping the police on further investigation, adding that the victim, a student of Comprehensive Secondary School Ogwashi-Uku, had returned from school and went for a private business and upon his return, met the uncle in quarrels with neighbours.
It was learnt that while the quarrel degenerated, the suspect had wanted him to take side with him; a situation he refused leaving the suspect with no option than to pour him acid kept in a container in the house.
According to the victim now receiving treatment at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), he had gone back and resumed washing of cutlasses which he used to kill cows after his school hours when unknown to him, his uncle had gone into his aunt’s room where he removed the acid used on him. “I never suspected my uncle had any bad intention towards me. He bathed me right from the left side of my face to the other parts of my body,” he said.
DSP Kalu added that the suspect would be charged to court upon completion of investigation.