ALLEGED DEADLY ATTACK BY FIANCE: ‘My case was closed unjustly by the police’

Published 6 years ago by: chuxz
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at 12:20 AM, 5/08/2013 (6 years ago)

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I need justice.  My case was unjustly closed by the police!”  That was the persistent cry of Mary Sunday, a graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, on whom a pot of stew and the kerosene stove, upon which it was boiling, were allegedly thrown at by her fiancé, a serving officer of the Nigeria Police, Corporal Isaac Gbanwuan.
The incident, which left Mary with grievous bodily harm including the loss of her two ears with her upper neck glued to her arms, led to two surgeries while she needs N5million to undergo another in India.
The victim told Sunday Vanguard she was on the verge of being recruited into the police  before trouble began when her fiancé was allegedly diagnosed with low sperm count, lamenting that she has been unjustly treated by the police and denied access to justice.
Immediately after alleged attack

 ALLEGED DEADLY ATTACK BY FIANCE: ‘My case was closed unjustly by the police say Mary Sunday The victim told Sunday Vanguard she was on the verge of being recruited into the police before trouble began when her fiancé was allegedly diagnosed with low sperm count, lamenting that she has been unjustly treated by the police and denied access to justice. - See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2013/08/alleged-deadly-attack-by-fiance-my-case-was-closed-unjustly-by-the-police/#sthash.kqbPyGGW.dpuf
Immediately after alleged attack
As a result of the medical report, Gbanwuan allegedly became aggressive and suspicious. An argument which arose from his suspicion of a telephone call Mary received on August 24, 2012, became the last straw that broke the camel’s back.
“On our way home from hospital on that fateful day, an argument ensued over a telephone call I received. He didn’t want to believe the call was from my sister. The argument degenerated and Isaac started beating me by the time we got home. When I could no longer take the kicking and dragging, I tried to escape the scene and I ran to the second floor of the building where we resided at Pedro Barracks, Shomolu, Lagos. We had actually done our introduction and were preparing to get married. He pursued me and I ran to a kitchen on the second floor to escape. He however broke the kitchen door. In a fit of rage, he carried the cooking stove of the neighbor, with boiling stew on it, and poured all the content on my body. The stove exploded, setting me on fire”, Mary said.
The Lagos State Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Damascus Ozoani, in a newspaper report, dated  February 18, 2013, however cleared  Gbanwuan of the allegation on the grounds that the police had carried out and closed investigation on the matter.
In the report, the police described the condition of Mary as a self-inflicted one.
“The allegation that Gbanwuan assaulted Sunday is misleading. This case has been investigated by the Provost Office of the command. The police have taken statements from Mary, Gbanwuan and other eye witnesses at the Pedro Police Barracks. The Lagos State Police Command is not insensitive. I can tell you that, at this moment, the Commissioner of Police is interested in this case and has passed instructions to the Provost to conclude investigations”, Ozoani was quoted as saying.
However, Mary, who was until June 2013 on admission at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, said the police did not at any time visit her to get information from her after a complaint was lodged by one of her relatives.  When contacted, Gbanwuan, who did not deny knowing Mary, refused discussing the subject but rather, referred Sunday Vanguard to the police headquarters for any details.
Foremost human rights activist, Dr.(Mrs.)Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Executive Director, Women Advocates Research & Documentation Centre-WARDC, suspects a bias in the matter.
“One would wonder why a woman who was running for her dear life and seeking help and assistance from neighbours would suddenly become suicidal and inflict such wanton harm on herself. Beyond this investigation, Mary has no other option of redress since the police have closed investigation on her case”, Abiola, who decried the insensitivity of the police towards issues of domestic violence, said.
She continued: “We suspect there is an attempt to subdue the case because of the multiple conflicts of interest associated with the matter. We believe that the Lagos State Police Command has been  hasty in coming to the conclusion and that the newspaper report affirms the bias of the police on this matter. We believe that the response was also to cover up the several violations that take place at various police barracks. Also, the fact that this abuse took place at the police barracks, to us, is enough reason for the Lagos police to cover up. We would have expected that the police would have, in accordance with the criminal law in the country, subjected Corporal Isaac to a court of law before an unbiased umpire of this case, so that justice can be seen as done.”
Abiola, who lamented the continued violence against women with perpetrators going unpunished, regretted that several other issues of domestic violence had got stuck at the police without victims getting justice.
“We’ve written twice to the Police Service Commission but got no response. We’ve also written to the Lagos State House of Assembly from whom we’re yet to get an acknowledgement. To us as human rights activists, we’re getting convinced that despite its domestic violence laws, the state is not interested in reducing violence against women. We’re therefore planning to do a petition to the African Commission and the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Violence and Discrimination against Women – CEDAW, on this matter, to state that the Nigerian government has failed in the protection of women’s rights.”


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winace at 04:59 AM, 5/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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Na wa o
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newtoncruz at 07:02 AM, 5/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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some people are animal with human form, my goodness
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ebiteck at 07:26 AM, 5/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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wicked world, wicked man
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cherishp at 08:10 AM, 5/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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Infact the Police is no one's friend!
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dareper at 08:22 AM, 5/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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Police again?
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ThoRam at 08:24 AM, 5/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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Noted...
 
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lanudja at 08:50 AM, 5/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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See life 4 naija! Na wa. D diot policeman must face justice.
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ijviva at 09:17 AM, 5/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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I hate nigeria police with a passion. Nemesis will sure catch up with the wicked man
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Noble12 at 09:33 AM, 5/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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naija police
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steveoneal at 09:57 AM, 5/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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Total injustice,, how can a man do this to his fellow human being Huh? and go unscathed?? Even if he is the president son,
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weside at 11:01 AM, 5/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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police men again haa nijaaaa nawaooo
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angesco at 11:04 AM, 5/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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The key thing here is that he is a 'serving police officer!' They protect their own - so forget about justice.

Secondly he was a fiancé. You could have walked away. I don't think in Nigeria law the word 'fiancé' makes you legally married.

You can also go the private route and get a lawyer. My only advice would be to talk less to the press.

Good luck.
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osamabinladin at 01:28 PM, 5/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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 Sad
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chicco77 at 02:04 PM, 5/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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 Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry
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etibaba at 02:22 PM, 5/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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Injustice

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BlueIxora at 02:50 PM, 5/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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Sad
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Uptownblaze at 03:04 PM, 5/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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Finally, justice must surely prevail...God is aware...for the wicked shall never go unpunished.
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paulohking at 03:42 PM, 5/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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chaiiiii
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Jennybaby at 03:46 PM, 5/08/2013 (6 years ago)
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police again
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