One Olasunkanmi Lawal, a 52-year-old housewife, during a scuffle with her mother-in-law recently, reportedly lost one of her eyes.Olasunkanmi said her mother-in-law, Aduke Awakan attacked her when she stopped giving her money.
The mother of two told explained that the case was reported at the Adeniji Adele Police Station, leading to the arrest of the septuagenarian and her daughters, Bose Showole (39) and Oduntan Enitan (24), who also joined in tormenting her.
The suspects were subsequently charged to court yesterday. Meanwhile, narrating the incident, Olasunkanmi said,
“My husband and I live in the family house on Isale-Agbede Street, on the Lagos Island area of Lagos State 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.
“I reported the assault at the Adeniji Adele Police Station and from there I was referred to the Lagos Island General Hospital, where the doctors told me I had lost the use of my 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.”
The police on Thursday arraigned the trio before a Tinubu Magistrate’s Court on three counts of assault occasioning harm. The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Magistrate, Mr. A.A. Adefulire, admitted them to bail in the sum of N20, 000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned till March 24, 2016 for mention.