A middle-aged lady, Miss Faith Idehen, has been rushed to the Central Hospital Benin City, Edo State after sustaining a deep ear bite during a fight with the daughter of her landlord in the state.
Idehen, aged 23 years and a hairdresser at the Oba Market located in the heart of Benin City, had a raw deal with her landlord’s daughter simply identified as Vivian, who is a single mother of two, over delayed payment of N1, 500 electricity bill.
Investigation revealed Friday that the victim along with her mother and other siblings had occupied the two bedroom apartment belonging to the landlord at No: 2 Jesus Powerlane Off Ojo Street Ugbiyoko, when Vivian engaged her in a war of words over the matter.
Idehen was said to have left the compound in a commercial bus for her place of work at the Oba Market but was trailed behind by Vivian who swooped on her at the popular Yanga Market within the area, an action that resulted in a fierce fight that drew a large crowd of traders and passersby.
It was gathered that the landlord’s daughter demanded for the monthly electricity bill of N1, 00 from the tenant who pleaded with her for understanding after the later had paid N1,000 deposit with a promise to pay the balance of N500 when she returns back from work later in the day but the landlord’s daughter refused to listen.
The angered Vivian engaged her unsuspecting tenant in a fight and bit off Faith’s left ear which made her to faint in the process.
It took the intervention of sympathisers for the younger hairdresser to gain consciousness even as she bled profusely and was rushed to the hospital for treatment.
However, policemen attached to Oba Market Police Station were quickly invited who also arrested the landlord’s daughter.
Narrating her ordeal, Idehen said: “I didn’t know that I was being trailed even after I pleaded with her that I will pay the balance of N500 when I return from work. The moment I alighted from the bus I heard someone calling Faith, Faith and immediately I turned, behold it was Vivian. She grabbed my hair and started beating me and before I knew what happened I saw my ear dangling with blood gushing out. I was later rescued and rushed to the Central hospital where it was later stitched.”
Sources close to the police station said the suspect would soon be charged to court for assault and attempted murder.
The state Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Mr. Steven Onwochei, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), when contacted said the command was yet to be informed about the incident.