31 year-old Marbel Mark, from Edo State, married to a Delta State indigene, has petitioned the Edo State Police Command, urging investigation into the acid bath she suffered at the hands of some persons at large.
The incident, happened in October 2015, when the victim, based in Spain, with her seven year-old daughter, visited Nigeria. Trouble reportedly started when she visited a native doctor at Sakpoba Road, Benin City shortly after her arrival in Nigeria. Though the relationship between Marbel and the native doctor it couldn’t be ascertained, it was said that the wife of the latter became jealous of the alleged ‘close relationship’ between Marbel and her husband and engaged Marbel in a shouting match. Accused by the native doctor’s wife of having an affair with her husband, Marbel refuted the allegation vehemently, explaining that their relationship was purely business, but the wife did not believe her story and continued to protest. Neighbours said the wife feared Marbel was using her connections abroad to make her husband dump her.
The situation took an even worse turn when the native doctor’s wife called Marbel’s husband in Spain to report the matter to him. As would be expected, the incident caused problems between Marbel and her husband.
Tragedy struck, however, when Marbel went to fix her hair at the salon and unknown assailants stormed the place and bathed her with acid. The incident caused pandemonium. People ran helter-skelter – a situation which gave the suspects the opportunity to escape.
Marbel was rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) for treatment before she was flown back to Spain for surgery. It was in the middle of this tragedy that the victim was said to have sued her husband for a divorce, which was said to have been granted by a court in Spain. The reason for the divorce is still uncertain, but it may not be unconnected to the continued communication between Marbel’s husband and the native doctor’s wife, much to Marbel’s discomfort.
However, Marbel, who is still receiving treatment in the Spanish hospital, is appealing for justice from Edo State Police Command.
Speaking on telephone to a media correspondents, the victim lamented: “I have spent so much hospital bills to save my life due to the wickedness of somebody. I have petitioned the state Police Command through my lawyer. I am only appealing for justice. The police must apprehend the person that bathed me with acid and those that sent them. I have spent all I have on hospital bills so I cannot equally be denied justice in Nigeria. I only came on holiday but look at what I got in return. I need the prayers and help of everyone, particularly the police so that those behind this will be apprehended. I am in pains and those behind this should not go unpunished. And I appeal that the investigation should be accelerated because justice delayed is justice denied. Life has become so frustrating but I thank God for his mercies.
The matter is being investigated by the homicide section of the Edo Police.
It was said that the wife of the native doctor has been interrogated and some other persons questioned also. Spokesman for the state Police Command, Abiodun Osifo, who hinted that detectives were investigating the matter, described the attack on the victim as wicked, assuring that the suspects would be arrested in due course.
“We appeal to members of the public to help us with useful information, because without information, the police can do little or nothing. This is a crime against God and humanity and we must not condone it. How can somebody bathe a fellow human being with acid? Even if the person is your enemy, does that make sense? Such people must face the law no matter where they are hiding. You cannot run forever. I believe the police will uncover the suspects and bring them to justice.”