Remember the woman whose Police husband crushed her legs and stabbed their baby? Reports according to PUNCH, the young woman has not been told by the family that after her husband attacked her, leaving her for dead, he also went home to stab their one-year-old toddler to death.
25 year old Dupe is presently lying in excruciating pain in a room where she is receiving treatment at a traditional orthopaedic treatment centre in Mushin, Lagos, 6 days after an attack that has left her paralysed.
“They told me he took my son to his hometown. Please, help me seek the help of police authorities to ensure he brings my son back,” Dupe said, oblivious of the tragic truth.
Dupe’s left leg and shoulder were completely crushed in the attack. Her relations fear that her spinal cord might have been crushed as well. Unfortunately, financial problem has limited their options for medical intervention to the current traditional treatment centre where she is being cared for.
Members of Staff at the centre said they had not been able to move the young woman for an X-ray because the injuries on her back were extensive and feared her spine might have been affected.
The young woman cannot sit up on her own and can hardly turn her sides on the bed. To dress the wound on her back she is usually propped up on the wall.
Dupe recounts how the problem started,
“He beat me all the time. I could not question him because I got punched and slapped every time I opened my mouth and he did not like what I said. …
When I met him, he was living in a patrol vehicle. He told me he liked me and was nice at the time. I did not know he had no home. Anytime I visited him, it was always at his friend’s place.
“Then one night, I met him in the vehicle he was sleeping in, I asked why he could not get an apartment, he said his ex-wife, a policewoman he had just separated from, sent him packing. The woman was the one who rented the apartment.
“I already had two children from a previous marriage but I told him he could come over to stay with me.
“Within the period he was living with me, I got pregnant and we had to go to the registry to formalise the union. When I asked to meet with his family, he said if I valued my life, I should not make an attempt to contact them. He said they were trying to destroy his life and he had to distance himself from them.”
Dupe said one of his husband’s sisters, who came for the registry ceremony, told her that Ikharia already had two previous wives apart from the policewoman.
Dupe said her husband’s behaviour changed immediately he packed into her house.
She said, “He told me he wanted to buy a bus and begged me for some money, I took a loan and sold my jewellery. I paid a larger part of the cost. That is the same vehicle he used to run over me.
“When I was pregnant, he gave me some drugs to abort the baby but that did not work. There was a time he threw my baby out of the window.
“Our quarrels were always just before the end of the month when he was supposed to get his salary. He always did that so I would not have the courage to ask for money for the upkeep of the house.
“I wondered why he would lock me out of the same house I rented with my money and take my baby away. I had been warned but somehow I kept hoping that he would change.”
Dupe, who was a filling station attendant before her ordeal said there was a time she paid N80,000 for a freezer which the seller refused to deliver. She reported the case to her husband.
“I thought being a policeman, he would be able to retrieve my money. My husband arrested the man, got the money. He told me he had collected the money but that he used it to settle a debt. That was the last time I heard about the money,” she said.
The devastated mother asked for discretion when speaking with Dupe since the family had not notified her of the tragic murder of her baby.
She said, “We will not tell her until much later when she is well. I have always known that Lucky was an animal. He beat her all the time. He would destroy her phone after each beating so that she won’t be able to contact us.
“We asked for his family but we got no reply. When my daughter became pregnant for him, I even suggested she aborted the baby, but my daughter refused. She was so adamant about him. We told her to leave the policeman but she did not listen. Now see what has happened.
“The problem now is that we have no money to take care of her. We can only appeal to well-meaning Nigerians to come to our aid so that Dupe can be well again.”