In a shocking incident that unfolded on Thursday, a woman identified as Amaka Okonkwo allegedly inflicted grievous harm upon her tenant, Imabong William, by pouring a scalding concoction of hot water and pepper on her. The altercation reportedly arose due to the tenant’s inability to pay an increased rent, resulting in a confrontation that led to this violent act.
Imabong William had reportedly been served with a quit notice following her inability to meet the demands of a new rent increment imposed on all occupants of the building. Seeking additional time to secure an alternative living arrangement, the tenant’s plea was met with hostility. The incident occurred in Enugwu-Ukwu community within the Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Neighbours, upon witnessing the appalling incident, promptly intervened to rescue the victim. Imabong, a native of Akwa Ibom State, is now receiving medical treatment at an undisclosed healthcare facility. Authorities were alerted to the incident, and the police apprehended Amaka Okonkwo, the accused landlady, following reports from concerned residents that detailed her aggressive actions.
Mrs. Ify Obinabo, the Anambra State Commissioner for Women’s Affairs, personally visited the victim to assess her condition. During her visit, Mrs. Obinabo recounted Imabong’s account of events. Imabong stated that she was directed to vacate her residence due to her inability to meet the escalated rental costs. While engaged in the task of laundering her clothes on Thursday, the accused landlady allegedly attacked her from behind, dousing her with the painful mixture of boiling water and pepper.
Expressing strong disapproval of the incident, Commissioner Obinabo assured that justice would be pursued on behalf of the victim. She emphasized that the Anambra State Government maintains a zero-tolerance stance toward any form of assault. Mrs. Obinabo encouraged members of the public to promptly report criminal acts and misdemeanors through the appropriate channels for swift intervention.
This disturbing incident has underscored the importance of addressing rental-related disputes through peaceful and legal means, rather than resorting to violence and harm. As the legal proceedings unfold, the community and authorities alike remain vigilant in their pursuit of justice for Imabong William.