Much of this entry is from the information that I received from a friend via email.
The picture to the left is that of B, a 26 year old graduate of Computer Science from the University of Ilorin, a former staff of Virgin Nigeria (she has on her uniform as a ticketing officer in the picture). She remained a staff of Nigeria until 2007 that evil struck and her life changed and definitely for the worse.
B graduated with good grades, went for NYSC and got a good job at Virgin Nigeria. She was posted to the ticketing unit at the Calabar Office.
G and B met in school (Unilorin) and they started to date. G was a student in the Mathematics Department in the same University with B but for one reason or the other, he eventually got thrown out of school.
Sometime in 2007, G got wind of the fact that B had left him for another guy. He asked her to marry him but she turned him down. G then travelled to her house, smashed a stabilizer on her head, she fainted and he did not stop at that. Just to make sure she was dead, he took a knife and stabbed her several times in the head. He left with her phone and locked her inside her house. Coincidentally, Bâ€™s sister who lives outside the country called her phone which he kept cutting and later switched off. That was strange to Bâ€™s sister, so she called her brother to send a number of one of Bâ€™s colleagues at Virgin Nigeria and she got them to go to her house, they broke the door and she was on the floor, in a pool of her own blood. She was rushed to the hospital, they battled to save her life and miraculously she was revived. Virgin Nigeria took care of her medical bills as she went through several surgeries at different hospitals.
When I first received this email, B had experienced partial memory loss, and because of this could no longer work with Virgin Nigeria. She has since recovered from the memory loss, but sadly appears to have suffered brain damage, and will likely not be able to work again as a result.
She is back at her parents’ home, and her widowed mother is taking care of her (her father passed away a few years back). Perhaps the saddest part of it is B was doing so well, supporting her mom and siblings, but now she must be supported by her unemployed and widowed mother.
Her sister abroad sent money to have the culprit arrested and prosecuted, but B’s mother begged them to leave the judgement to God. However, G remains a threat to the society. Though he thinks B is dead, when he finds out that she is still alive, he may go after her so that she can never testify against him. He knows her parents’ house; he can still strike. This guy remains a threat to many others including Bâ€™s family and friends.
Unfortunately, since the family has dropped the case, even if one of you were willing to take on the case, it might prove difficult to get the family’s cooperation. I’m sure you can understand B’s mother’s fear of pursuing the issue (she probably just wants to be able to care for her daughter in peace, without fear of him coming back). Still, I wanted to put this out there with some questions:
- Human rights violations like this take place everywhere in the world, sadly. What can we do to ensure that justice is served wherever we live (generally speaking)?
- What would you do in this situation, if this was a friend or family member of yours? Would you pursue justice through the legal system (even against the wishes of some of the family members)?
- Do you think there are measures we can take to minimize the chances of this happening to ourselves or to others (God forbid)?