A woman has been left blind following an attack by unknown gunmen at her residence in Edo State. The gunmen were said to have killed her husband and only daughter raped.
According to the woman Elizabeth, the men stormed their residence on No 5 Adesuwa Street in Benin in an Ash coloured Toyota Camry car at about 9pm on the fateful day, while the family was busy watching Television.
Some hard rapping on the door, followed by banging and shouts of: “Where is Agbonlahor?”, signalled trouble and generated fear in the members of the family. But, paralyzed with fear, they could not open the door, forcing the irate assailants break it down.
“Immediately they found their way into our sitting room, I tried to beg them and to inquire why they were looking for my husband. They shouted at me saying, ‘do you think that we are here to play?’ And they started beating me. In the process, one of them used his gun to hit me on my left eye,” recalled Mrs. Agbonlahor.
Her daughter, Prayer, tried to escape, but was caught and raped. Her screams attracted her father from his room to rush to the scene. He was shot on the chest and died on the spot, said the widow.
I could not imagine seeing my husband killed in my presence, after raping my daughter. I was also in great pains because of the injury on my eye. However, I managed to report the matter to the police who arrived at the scene and deposited his body at the mortuary, while my daughter was taken to the hospital for treatment.”
“In fact, I am dumbfounded at the whole thing. Now, I have been made to become a widow overnight, my daughter was assaulted, while I am partially blind. What is my offence?”
Mrs Agbonlahor has now relocated to their village with her daughter for fear of her husband’s killers returning to eliminate him.