by Chinwe Okafor
A truck loader, Udeme Inim, 30, allegedly bit off his stepson’s ear in Ebute Metta on Monday.
According to reports, the incident occurred due to a disagreement between Inim and his wife, which had led to the suspect assaulting her.
Christopher Bassey then intervened and Inim left his wife and attacked him instead – biting off his right ear.
Bassey was rushed to a hospital shortly after he reported the matter to the Iponri Police Station, but sadly his ear could not be saved. He narrated his ordeal saying, “On that day, he was fighting with my mum and at a point he began to destroy some of our property. It was too much for me to bear. So I tried to stop him and that was when he attacked me and bit off my ear.”
The police arraigned Inim before a Magistrate’s Court on one count of assault. Inim said, “I am employed. I work with Cross Country Company as the manager. It was the police that gave me the clothes in their station; it is not my clothes.”
The Investigating Police Officer, Sergeant Dibia Godwin, told the court that Inim had entered the station stark naked. According to him, “He works as a loader with Cross Country. On that day, the victim had first come to the station to report; there was blood all over him, he had to be taken to the hospital.
“Shortly after, he (Inim) also rushed in. He was stark naked. He said he wanted to report the same matter and we wondered how he could say he wanted to make a report after disfiguring somebody’s ear. We had to get something to put on him.”