A pregnant woman who felt she had found love after she lost her husband is now living in regrets.
According the report in Daily Sun, Peter who lost her husband five years ago, thought she had found love in Ndubuisi, an air-condition technician, not knowing that the relationship will be one of regrets for her after he beat her up, leaving her with bruises and a lost baby.
Peter had allegedly met Ndubuisi, when she was down to her lowest ebb but when things did not work out initially due to his abusive nature, she walked away only for him to come back with the promise of marriage and asked her to move in with him at his 8, Sanu Street, Ikeja, Lagos State, and with no chioce, she had to give him another chance.
After living together for two years, she became pregnant and Ndubuisi began to show his real self by incessantly demanding money from her and the documents to some of the landed properties left for her by her late husband, giving that as a condition to start their wedding process.
According to the victim, the Imo State born widow gave him over N100, 000 to start their wedding arrangement but insisted they must be legally married first before she could hand over her land documents to him. Her refusal to surrender the documents got him incensed, leading to the physical abuses, culminating in the brutal attack on her on April 6.
"Because of my eight-week pregnancy, I suspended my clothes business at Igando. But he stopped bringing money to assist me or support my upkeep. Still, I was using my savings to prepare food in the house.
On that fateful day, I prepared his favourite meal. When he came back around 7pm, he said he won’t eat the food and left the house. He returned around 11pm in the night. Again, he left saying that I should leave the door unlocked.
Since I was not sure of when he would return, I locked the door and waited for him. He came back around midnight, and I went to open the door. He got angry that I locked the door and started abusing me.
He asked me why I should lock the door, saying I don’t have any value since I refused to bring money or my land documents. I told him the documents are not with me. He shouted at me, calling me a liar and that I don’t want to bring money for our marriage.
He said that I should be grateful that he wants to marry me. I told him it’s a taboo in my village for a woman to pay her own bride price. I said that he should make up the remaining sum if he’s serious about settling down with me.
At that point, he descended on me. He slapped me, asking why I dared talk back at him. I asked him what I’ve done to him but he kept beating me. He then told me that he was out to give me the biggest disgrace of my life that night.
He tore my wrapper, and pushed me outside the house. I didn’t fight him because I was trying to hide my nakedness with my hands. But he kept beating me and grabbed my throat attempting to strangle me.
None of the male neighbours came out because they knew I was naked. It was only one neighbour that mustered the courage to intervene with his wife. The woman brought her clothes to cover my body. While Chinedu went about breaking every property I bought and kept in his house.
After destroying my gas cooker, laptop and other valuables, he came back again and started beating me. He dragged me on the floor trying to strip me naked again. I ran out of the compound into the streets. He chased me with an iron rod that he used to flog me on the head.
At that point, some street boys staying under the bridge at Awolowo road rushed at him. But he freed his hands and grabbed my hand trying to drag me back to the house. The street boys refused, insisting that I should not go back to the house with him if I wanted to live.
One of them gave me N200 to get a taxi and run to a nearby police station. I was taken to the police station, and it was there that I collapsed, and found myself at the Accident and Emergency (A & E) Unit of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).”
After being taken to the hospital, the policemen allegedly abandoned her to her fate and did not even deem it fit to arrest the man who had assaulted her.
Peter said she was in the hospital for a week without Ndubuisi coming to visit her for even a minute. Showing her bruised hands, legs and face, she said those were even minor wounds.
“These ones are very minor wounds when compared to the scars of wounds on my back, buttocks, thighs and other private regions.
Ndubuisi seized my phone and I have not been able to call any of my people. I feel bad because my family would be disappointed in me for getting involved in this kind of incident.
They may think I was bewitched because they all believe that I’m living a comfortable life here in Lagos. I’m the only daughter of my parents. I have three brothers; one is based abroad while the other two live in Abuja. I was married to a Ghanaian sailor that loved me very much.
We have a daughter together. But he died in a shipwreck. My daughter who is 14-years-old studies abroad. I remained a widow for five years, and really wanted to move on with life and settle down again.
That was why I got into a relationship with Ndubuisi. I still can’t believe how he treated me. Up till now, I still feel pains from the punching he gave me on the chest. I still bled as at yesterday because of the miscarriage of my eight weeks pregnancy.”