by Akan Ido
Janeth Odehgbe, a 35-year-old food seller was recently set on fire by her husband for receiving wine from a man at a party they both attended.
According to the woman, her husband, Kehinde Adesanmoye, approached her as she was preparing Indomie to sell to her customers and poured petrol on her body which immediately caught fire and burnt her until she could get help from passers-by who helped her extinguish the fire and took her to the hospital.
She said, “I saw him coming towards me, as he got nearer, he ordered my customer to leave and as I tried to run for my dear life, he poured petrol on me and fire caught up with me immediately. Passers-by rescued me and ran after him to fight him, but immediately they noticed it was him, they all went to their various homes. Then some of them took me to the Police station and from there I was taken to Peaceful Convalescent Center, Alhaji Obe Street, Ejigbo Lagos.”
She explained that trouble started on September 8, 2012 when they both attended a naming ceremony of a mutual friend who lives close to their residence at 22, Olaoluwa Street, Abaranje, Ikotun.
She said, “As we got to the party, my friends who were also present were hailing me, calling me ‘Indomie’, because I was known for selling Indomie. I was invited to sit on the chairs they have organized for friends. Adesanmoye was sitting right beside me.
“After some time, my friend, a vulcanizer, Taye offered me a bottle of wine, but I rejected it at the first instance because I was on my menstrual period and I don’t want to take anything alcoholic. But when the pressure from my friends was too much, pestering me to take the wine, I decided to take a cup.
“Immediately Adesanmoye saw me finish the cup of wine, he got up and started going. I ran after him to ask what went wrong. To my surprise, he started abusing me and asking why do I have to collect a drink from a friend in a party while he was sitting right beside me, and why do I have to kiss a friend in the party too?”
She accused Adesanmoye, 39, of being a wife-beater who always threatens her whenever she tries to abandon the relationship.
“My husband has always been jealous. He used to beat me every time under any guise and excuse. I have tried several times to leave him but he always threatened to harm me. I stayed with him because I was afraid of him and my life. He always told me that I could never escape from him, except I leave Lagos State. Anytime I said I was leaving him, he would say, no problem, that he would do something to me that I will not forget. Now, see what he had done to me,” she said.
Her husband’s family were reported to have approached Janeth for a settlement offering to pay her a sum of N100,000 for her pains. She however rejected the offer refusing to go back to him.
The woman who is still receiving medical attention appealed to the government to assist her saying, “I am an orphan. I have no father or mother. I sell Indomie to live. Now, I’ve spent all my money. In fact, I need help.”
Things we do in the name of love.