Guardian reports that the young victim suffered the attack
when one of her friends identified as Moshood Yusuf
poured the corrosive substance on her by mistake while she was celebrating her birthday on March 29, 2017, around the night market at Mafoluku, Oshodi area of Lagos State.
The report has it that while Emmanuel and her peers were celebrating her coming of age with many of them pouring water on her body, the 13-year-old Yusuf entered a woman’s shop, brought out a bottle and emptied its content on her not knowing that the content of the bottle was acid.
However, the parents of Yusuf are said to be begging the victim’s parents to settle the matter amicably since their son did not commit the act intentionally.
Explaining how the incident happened, Emmanuel said that she had warned Yusuf not to pour the content of the bottle on her since they did not know what was inside.
“It was my birthday. I had gone to fetch water at the night market when my friends stopped me on the road and started pouring the water on me to celebrate my birthday.
Some were pouring dirty water on me and others were pouring sand. That was how Moshood ran into Iyawo Pastor’s shop and brought out a container.
There was something inside and I told him not to pour it on me because we didn’t know what was in it.
He opened it and said it was smelling like chemical. We told him again that he shouldn’t pour it on me but he didn’t listen.
As I walked pass him, he poured the content on my body from behind. I screamed and ran towards the tap but he got there before me and opened it so that water would pour on my body.
While I was under the tap, the woman who owned the place chased us away, that I was wasting her water. That was the last thing I remembered. I was later told that I fainted and was rushed to the hospital.
Although one Ganiyu claimed that he told him he was going to hurt me, I don’t know if it is true.
He insisted that he thought it was Izaal that was inside, but the shop owner has denied keeping any acid in her shop.
The woman was crying and swearing that she didn’t keep anything like that since she has little children, who could have easily gotten to it.”
The victim’s mother, Chidinma Emmanuel, has lamented the hardship the incident has brought on her family, adding that she has not been able to concentrate on her petty trade.
She added that her family was not interested in making a case with the other family, but stated that they would appreciate if the expenses incurred were reimbursed.
Meanwhile, the suspect’s mother, Ganiyat Yusuf, said her family was awaiting the final outcome from LASUTH before knowing what to do.
She also insisted that the incident was a mistake, adding that her son would not hurt anyone intentionally.
“It was just a mistake. In fact, Moshood also got burnt by the acid on his chest and leg. He didn’t know the content of the bottle and since they were jubilating, he poured it on her without knowing.
It’s a regrettable mistake. But what we want is for peace to reign. We don’t want a situation where both families would start fighting over it or the two children becoming enemies.”