Two married women are presently battling for their lives in a hospital after they bathed themselves with hot water in a fight over a man.
The ugly incident which happened in the Yaba area of the state, was said to have emanated after Biliki, who moved back to her parents' house in the Abule Oja area after separating from her husband, allegedly accused Muyibat of marrying her former boyfriend.
The said Muyibat, it was gathered, lived in Biliki's parents' house with her husband and three children.
The accusation was said to have caused bad blood between the two women and they have always had open animosity towards each other until the fight that erupted between them on Saturday, August 6, 2016.
The case is being handled at the Sabo Police Division, just as one of the women petitioned the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender, which mediated in the matter.
Muyibat narrated how the whole fracas started between her and Biliki, whom she said accused her of marrying her (Biliki's) boyfriend.
“Biliki told neighbours that she once dated my husband and that she aborted for him during their relationship. She calls me Iyawo Sara (free wife). I have never known peace in that house. She fights me over every minor issue.
On Saturday, I went to the market with my husband and when we got home, my child started crying. Biliki’s younger brother, Ahmed, came out and shouted at him and I cautioned him.
His sister then picked up a quarrel with me and started raining curses on me. I did not talk because I was observing a fast. While she was abusing me, I sneezed and said, ‘Ausubillahi minashaitani rojeem’ (God, deliver me from the devil).
Biliki said that I was referring to her and queried me for calling her a devil and attacked me first.
I removed the water I was boiling for my vegetables and put it on the table. Biliki held my head from behind and poured the hot water on me.
Her younger brother slammed a plastic paint on my head, while she drew my hair. Both of them assaulted me.
As I was being rushed to the hospital, I passed out. I remember that in May, Biliki had vowed to pour acid on me. I Know she had been planning to harm me,” Muyibat said.
But Biliki who also suffered burns to her breasts, chest and hands in the fight, denied attacking Muyibat, saying that her rival rather carried out the attack first.
“I went back to my parents’ house when I had issues with my husband. Because of that, many of the tenants started ridiculing me.
I was ill that Saturday and was sleeping beside my baby. Her child had come to play with my baby when she called him back. When the child didn’t heed her call, she hit him and the child started crying.
Another child passing through the passageway was also crying that particular time. My younger brother asked the other boy to stop crying and Muyibat abused my brother.
My brother reported her to me and I told him not to reply her. She then started insulting me. We fought and our neighbours came to separate us."
"I was backing her when somebody suddenly shouted, ‘hot water!’ As I turned back with my hands raised, she emptied a kettle of hot water on me. Because my hand was raised when she attacked me, a little of the water splashed on her.
I have nothing to do with her husband. Muyibat is fond of making trouble with me and efforts to reconcile us by other tenants have been rebuffed by her."