The long arm of the law has caught up with 43-year old Yisau Adeleke, nine months after he went into hiding, as he has been arrested by the Oyo State Police Command for bathing his lover with acid after he discovered that she was a married woman, contrary to her claim of being a widow.
Adeleke, who allegedly committed the offence on November 25, 2015, was arrested on August 7 at about 7:00a.m. at a radio station in Ibadan where he had gone to respond to his lover’s complaint on how he turned her into a monster through acid bath.
It was learnt that the victim, Mrs Morufa Ajoke Odesanya, reported at Oluyole police station on Novermber 25, 2015 that Adeleke bathed her with acid at about 9:05p.m after she responded to his call to meet him at a certain spot in her neighbourhood.
The victim admitted that she had an affair with the suspect before he carried out the act. The 36-year-old lady, a mother of five, was said to be legally married to her husband at the time she started having an affair with Adeleke, but reportedly deceived him into believing that she was a widow.
In an interview with Adeleke, he narrated the genesis of his relationship with his victim and what led him to the action he took thus: “I was arrested because I poured acid on a lady I regarded as my fiancée until I discovered otherwise.
“I had a wife, Ronke, who had two children for me but I later discovered that she had two children for two men before she married me. She also decided that she had had the number of children that she wanted, asking me to look for another woman if I needed more. She went for family planning.
“I started dating Morufa and she asked me to rent a room, which I did at Idi Arere, Ibadan. She told me she was a widow with two children. She used to bring the two children to Idi Arere. She also took me to where she was living at Elebu area of Ibadan, saying that the house belonged to her aunt.
“She showed me a man who she claimed to be her brother, but whom I later discovered to be her husband. She took me to her mother and I took her to my aunt who was like my mother to introduce her as my wife-to-be. Morufa used to come and stay with me at the rented apartment and I had to tell my wife that she could leave because I had already got a wife.
“We used to have sex regularly to the level that even during her menstrual period, she would beg me to have sex with her, saying she could not keep off me. This continued until the day I came in contact with Magun (a charm usually placed diabolically on wayward women as a punishment for their lovers) in the course of our affair.
It was as if my navel was twisted and I also had a tongue twist. I started feeling dizzy. This made me to raise the alarm and Morufa also started crying. An Islamic cleric came to my rescue by making some incantations.
“Though I became a bit relieved, the stomach ache continued and the next thing Morufa said was that she believed that the Magun was the handiwork of her mother-in-law. I asked whether she went to her mother-in-law and for the reason she would want to harm her daughter-in-law’s fiancé since her son was dead.
“To my surprise, Morufa called me same day and asked about my condition. She then added that she had sex with one Baba Bidemi, and it proved that what I experienced was not Magun. Baba Bidemi was the man she called her brother. I was confused and this made me to decide that I was no longer interested in the relationship if she could deceive me for about two years that we were together. She started begging me.
“I probed her further and she confessed that the man was her husband and that she had five children, though she initially told me that three children she did not declare as her own were born by the wife of her ‘brother’ before they divorced.
“I stopped going to her husband’s house but we were still meeting because I wanted to collect the money I contributed as a member of a group we formed for the purpose of contributing money that we could collect in bulk. I got number six and number 20.
“She collected the first one and when I was to collect the second one after the discovery of her lies, she told me that she gave it to her brother (husband) to pay FRSC fine. But to my surprise, when I saw the brother (husband), he was riding a brand new motorcycle. This infuriated me so much because I felt used.
“She continued to plead with me to forgive her, saying that I was the salt of her life. But I was so hurt by her deception and the devil pushed me to an evil act. So I conceived the plan to pour acid on her. On November 25, 2015, she asked me to come and collect my money, and I took the acid jar along with me.
“We stood at a point not too far from her residence and in the course of our discussion I brought out the jar, opened it and poured the content on her. She screamed and ran off, while a bit of the liquid splashed on me. I also ran away to my village at Omi Adio to hide until a week ago when I learnt that she reported me at a radio station. I was at the radio station to state my own side when police came to arrest me.”
Adeleke said he was shocked when he saw Morufa because he did not know that the acid burns were that extensive, expressing regret at his action.
Meanwhile the lady is said to be in excruciating pain and would need about N3 million to carry out corrective surgery because of the way she is. It was learnt that her husband had taken his wife’s misdemeanor in good faith and had been taking care of her since the incident occurred.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Adekunle Ajisebutu confirmed the suspect’s arrest, saying that he was arraigned in a magistrates’ court on Thursday, August 18 and had been remanded in prison.
His case has been adjourned till November 9.