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Jilted lover in police net over acid attack on girlfriend

Maiduguri – The police in Borno on Thursday confirmed the arrest of one Musa Faisal in connection with alleged acid attack on his 26-year old girlfriend, Fatima Usman.

*Chika bathed with acid

The Commissioner of Police (CP) in the state, Mr Damian Chukwu, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen in Maiduguri.

Fatima Usman, a final year student of Department of Nursing, University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) was attacked with corrosive fluid by suspected tricycle operators in Maiduguri on March 16.

She sustained serious injuries on the face and other parts of her body as a result of the attack.

The attack generated public outcry with women groups calling for proactive measures to protect women from abuse and regulate activities of tricycle operators in the metropolis.

Chukwu disclosed that the suspect, Musa Faisal, was arrested by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Kano.

He explained that the police had also arrested one Muhammad Babangida, who conspired with Faisal and attacked the girl.

The commissioner said preliminary investigation indicated that the suspects conspired and assaulted the girl, contrary to the notion that she was attacked by tricycle operators.

The police boss also revealed that the suspect and the victim dated for over four years and
Fatima Usman’s parents rejected the marriage proposal by Faisal.

He added that “our findings indicated that the girl and the suspect had been meeting in secret for a long period of time.

“On the day of the attack, she arranged to meet the suspect at a hotel in Galadima area of Maiduguri and while they were inside a room, his accomplice, Muhammad Banbangida joined them.

“Babangida was the one who poured acid on Usman and in the process, some of the liquid spilled over to Faisal.

“It is also established that the suspect vowed to deal with the girl since her family resented their union.”

Chukwu said that the suspects had admitted committing the offence, adding that they would soon be charged to court.

Meanwhile, the police had also arrested two persons in connection with the murder of a 28-year old commercial sex worker, Precious Needy.

The Borno commissioner of police disclosed that Needy’s corpse was found with her throat slit in a toilet at Galaxy Hotel in Galadima Area of Maiduguri metropolis on March 25.

Chukwu also disclosed that the body was discovered by Onyeka Ogbonna, a staff of the hotel, noting that the matter was reported to police on March 26.

He listed suspects in the murder of the commercial sex worker as Yakubu Luka, 39; and Amelia Ka’anfsa, 26.

The commissioner explained that Luka, a security guard at the hotel, was on duty at the time of the incident, while Ka’anfsa was an immediate neighbour to the deceased.

Chukwu said the suspects were assisting the police in investigation. (NAN)


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