By Simon Ebegbulem
Benin — THERE was pandemonium, weekend, at Oba Market Benin, as a 23-year-old hair dresser, Miss Faith Idehen, had her left ear bitten off in an attack by the daughter of her landlord, identified as Vivian, over electricity bill.
It was learned that trouble started when Vivian, a single mother of two, demanded for N1,500, being monthly payment for electricity bill from Faith.
The tenant’s plea that she did not have up to that amount, but deposited N1,000 with a promise to pay the balance of N500 later in the day, fell on deaf ears.
The victim was said to have left the compound and boarded a commercial bus to her place of work at Oba Market. Vivian allegedly trailed and caught up with her at the popular Yanga Fish Market and pounced on her. A fight started.
Faith was reported to have fainted as she bled profusely from her left ear before passers-by and onlookers rescued her from the grip of her attacker, who threatened to deal with her entire family.
The assailant was eventually arrested by men of Oba Market Police Station after a 24-hour siege was laid to her residence by the police.
The victim recounted her ordeal: “I did not know that I was being trailed, even after I pleaded that I will pay the balance of N500 when I returned from work.
“The moment I alighted from the bus, I heard someone calling my name repeatedly. I turned and behold it was Vivian. She grabbed my hair and started beating me.
“Before I knew what was happening, I saw my ear dangling with blood gushing out. I was later rescued and rushed to the Central Hospital where it was later stitched back on.”
A Police source at Oba Market Division said the suspect would be charged to court for alleged assault and attempted murder.