Hell has no fury like a woman scorned; this adage aptly describes Janet Effiong who paid an hoodlum to deal with a man who abandoned her.
A 32-year-old woman, Janet Effiong, is now in police custody, explaining the circumstances that led her to pay a robbery suspect, Femi Talabi, the sum of N20,000 to deal with her ex-lover for dumping her.
According to the Punch Newspaper, the Uruan local government area, Akwa Ibom State, born Effiong she hired Talabi, her alleged lover, to teach her former boyfriend identified as Murphy, because he forced her to abort her pregnancy on two occasions and later abandoned her for other women.
Effiong who says she runs a restaurant in the VGC area of Lekki, was arrested alongside Talabi, on Airport Road, near Ajao Estate, in the Isolo area of Lagos on Saturday, February 7, at about 7.30pm by policemen attached to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), from where they were transferred to the state Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Ikeja.
Talabi had allegedly agreed to get two more men, and had collected N10, 000 as advance payment from Effiong.
On the day of the incident, Talabi reportedly contacted Murphy, a cab driver, to take him to Ajao Estate, with the intention of carrying out the attack on the road.
But luck ran out on him when he brought out a toy gun to threaten his victim, as a passing patrol team of the RRS policemen swooped on the two men and got Talabi arrested.
Effiong narrated why she decided to teach Murphy a lesson he will never forget in his life:
"I contacted Femi (Talabi) to help me deal with my former lover. Murphy and I had been dating since 2012. I lavished money on him, thinking he would marry me. He even borrowed N200, 000 from me and failed to pay back.
He also impregnated me on two occasions and he forced me to abort them. I insisted I would not abort the third one, and he promised to take care of the baby. But it was a lie.
So, I hired Femi to trace him and beat him up. Femi said he would get two other friends to do the job. I did not know he would go alone. I promised to pay Femi N20,000.
I did not plan to kill my lover. I only wanted to punish him for neglecting me for other women."
The Epe, Lagos State born Talabi, also spoke of his involvement in the crime:
"I live in the Bariga area, but work as an Air conditioner technician in Lekki. I am not a cultist.
It was Janet (Effiong) who contacted me to do a job for her. I knew her as a restaurant manager. She said the man was her ex-lover and had abandoned her.
I called him to take me in his cab to a destination on Airport Road, Isolo, where the attack would take place.
I was to pay him N7,000 for the trip. Janet told me to only assault, and not to kill him. While in the cab, I lied that I wanted to ease myself and he stopped.
When he did, I brought out a toy gun and wanted to hit him on the head, but a fight started and we as were struggling with each other, the police found out, and they arrested both of us."