SHE dutifully had a hot, steamy sex the previous night and sat through the Christian morning devotion with her live-in lover of some years the following morning.
But, as the unsuspecting boyfriend closed his eyes for prayers, Dorothy (surname withheld) gingerly moved towards a bucket of acid she had kept in the house and emptied its content on his head.
Edmund Educhukwu, a final year student of Education Technology, University of Calabar, was bathed with acid last weekend by his lover over the suspicion that he was dating another lady.
Dorothy and Educhukwu hail from Agwagwume, in Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State.
Lamenting his ordeal at the Intensive Care Unit of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH, where he is receiving treatment, Educhukwu said that Dorothy bathed him with a full bucket of acid during early morning prayers.
The early morning acid bath has left Educhukwu’s right eye, face and torso badly damaged.
Educhukwu explained further that he had lived with Dorothy for some time and that they even spent the night before the morning of the attack together on the same bed.
“We even had passionate sex that night”, he said, adding: “It was in the morning while praying that she did this to me without any warning”.
He said further: “Dorothy had once complained that some people had told her that I was dating another lady whom I intended to marry and to abandon her after these several years together. But I reassured her that it was not true and that people were only trying to destroy our relationship. It did not occur to me that she was still harbouring the grudge”.
Educhukwu said that on the morning the incident, they woke without any sign of trouble and that he led her in morning Christian devotion.
He said: “It was when I was rounding off the prayers with my eyes still shut that she stole outside and brought the paint rubber where she hid the acid and bathed me.
“After pouring the acid on me, she taunted me by asking which God I was praying to that would support my evil plan of abandoning her. She said she would now see the woman that would accept me with my eyes blind and face destroyed. After this she ran away”.
Doctors at the UCTH told our correspondent that one of his eyes had been completely destroyed but that the second one could be salvaged.
A medical official who did not want his name in print said Educhukwu would need a skin transplant and adequate care for the other eye and that the treatment could not be carried out in Nigeria but outside the country, perhaps in the United Kingdom or the United States of America.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the Cross River State Command, DSP John Umoh confirmed the incident. He said: “The woman has been arrested and is currently in detention”, adding that investigation into the act was on.