Criminal Law

Woman bathes PoS operator with hot soup over N1,500 data

A woman, identified as Blessing, has bathed a Point-of-Sale operator, Bisola Kolawole, with hot Egusi soup after she paid N1,500 for data and did not receive it.

The incident happened in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

Blessing was said to have visited Kolawole’s shop on Igboolomu Road, Isawo-Agric, on Sunday and paid N1,500 for data but found out later that she could not connect her phone to the internet.

The situation was said to have degenerated into a scuffle as Blessing allegedly tore Kolawole’s clothes and cut her gold chain. The latter went to Blessing’s house to demand for her missing gold chain before she was scalded with hot soup.

Her chest and breasts were said to have been badly affected and she was rushed to the Ikorodu General Hospital for treatment.

“Blessing sent her younger sister, Eniola, to buy N1,500 data from me on Sunday. When she got to my shop, she met my sales girl, Favour, who informed me about the transaction after she paid. I did the transaction and I was debited immediately.

“Blessing later called to inform me that she did not receive any data. Immediately, I called the customer care service to know what happened and I was told there was a network issue. I explained to Blessing when she called back and she said OK.

“Surprisingly, on Monday afternoon, she sent me a text message that she did not receive the data; I told her I was in the market. She insulted me on the phone and immediately dropped the call. My sales girl, Favour, called to inform me that she was trying to cause a problem at the shop,” she told Punch Metro.

“I was at the shop when she returned. When she started abusing me, I ignored her. Suddenly, she started packing my property, including my PoS machine, stapler, calculator, and I had to stop her.

“Immediately, she held my clothes, stripped me naked, cut my gold chain, and people separated us. I collected the PoS machine from her, but she left with other items.

“When I could not find my gold chain, I went to meet her at home to complain, but I met her cooking Egusi soup. She went inside, brought scissors and stabbed my hand.

“I advanced in her direction and people separated us. But we had poured part of the soup away. She suddenly carried the remaining hot soup and poured it on me. The soup burnt my chest and breasts and I was rushed to a hospital.

“The case was reported at the Owutu Police Station and policemen have arrested her. Her mother, who was not remorseful about what her daughter did to me, has been bragging that she would bail her,” she added.

However, Blessing’s stepfather, Azeez Braimo, blamed Kolawole for the incident, saying she attacked his stepdaughter first and the soup incident was in self-defence. He added that all entreaties to settle the matter without involving the police fell on deaf ears. He said her family also declined their offer to foot the medical bills.

Adekunle Ajisebutu, spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, said the case has been charged to the court and the suspect detained.

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