From Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
An 18 year old Miss Munirat Alhaji, indigene of Ojodu in Dekina Local Government area of Kogi State, who was unfortunately burnt by acid allegedly poured on her by her own blood brother has cried out for help, “don’t let me die like my mother”.
Munirat is currently going through severe pains and close to the point of self condemnation, in the female surgical ward of Federal Medical Center Lokoja.
It was gathered that, her brother who is currently cooling off in the Police net accused the mother of being responsible for his inability to be successful in life after consulting a witch doctor.
Narrating the incident in her hospital bed with pains, Miss Munirat said ” I was sleeping that unfaithful day at about 1am in the night of 28th August 2019. Suddenly, I heard my mother shouting from her room and when I rushed down to her place, I discovered that my brother poured acid on her body.
” My brother went further to use stick to hit our mother as if something is manipulating him. When I tried to stop him from killing our mother, he then decided to pour the acid on my face and body. That was how I found my self in Federal Medical Center Lokoja.”
“I was shocked when my brother said he consulted a native doctor who informed him that She is responsible for his travails.” She added.
Miss Munirat further narrated ” My mother died three months after both of us were admitted here in FMC Lokoja due to primary damage done on her by the chemical. Now for me to survive, the hospital said I need about two million naira to undergo surgery and pay all outstanding hospital bills ”
” I am from a poor family. My mother is dead now. Nigerians should save my life. Don’t allow me die like my mum who went through this agony of acid burns. My dream in life is to be a great woman in this world. Please, don’t allow this dream to die as am in a critical condition in Federal Medical Center Lokoja” she lamented.
While pleading for financial support so as to increase her hope of survival, Miss Munirat could be reached via this phone number -08155546519. Also with account details:
Account Name: Munirat Alhaji
Account Number: 2140712131
Meanwhile, the doctor in charge of the case, Doctor Ebune Ojochide, a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, with the Federal Medical Center Lokoja, in an interview with our correspondent stated that Miss Munirat a Senior Secondary School II student was admitted on 29th August 2019 with acid burns by her sibling.
Dr Ojochide said a lot of treatment have been carried out on the patient stressing that, acid burn is not something that can be worked on immediately.
The surgeon noted that, what they have now is the scaring and damages done on the skin that needs correction and it requires stage by stage procedures to bring back to near perfection.
” The major reason why the attack was carried out was primarily to cause damage and disfigure the victim. We need to improve the functionaries such as the mouth, ear and appearance although not to perfection but near perfection.
“The major obstacle holding them is the challenge of mobilising funds for the surgery to improve her appearance and give her hope of survival” he stated.
On the cause of her mothers death, Dr Ebune explained that the mother sustained primary damages which resulted to her death.
He however, appealed to the government to limit access of citizenry to deadly chemical like acid adding that is becoming worrisome that it is been used to perpetuate crime in the society.