A 41-year-old man, Michael Essien, has been arrested for allegedly inflicting serious injury on the manhood of his neighbour, 24-year-old Okechukwu Chiagba, in Lagos State over accusation of using a (toilet) bowl, popularly called ‘potty’, without his permission.
The incident occurred on Friday in a multi-let apartment, popularly known as “face in Shasha, the Egbeda area of the state.
The victim, who narrated the story to the Punch, said: “On Thursday night, my wife went out to use the toilet. We normally use potties. But when she got to where she put her potty, she could not find it, so she came back to ask me but I told her I had not seen it.
“She went outside to look for it and that was when she saw our neighbour (Essien) coming out of the toilet with it.
“My wife came back to report to me. I was preparing to go out and challenge the man for using my wife’s potty when my wife cautioned me not to go.
“She said she would prefer to go and meet the man’s wife and talk to her. I agreed and let the matter go.
“The following morning (Friday), I went to work but when I came back in the night, I saw the potty at my entrance, even though we usually kept it out of sight in a corner of the house.
“When I asked my wife about it, she said she did not know who put it there, so I picked the potty and put it under the staircase where we usually kept it.
“When I was returning it, Essien blocked my way and said I should not put it there again, I asked why and he said because my wife was accusing him of using the plastic.
“I told him that if my wife really accused him, all he needed was to deny or ignore her that he really did not use it.
“I tried to go past him and put the potty there but he pushed me to the ground. We were about to fight when neighbours separated us. I went inside and sat down.
“Later, I went to put on a boxer and sat outside to take fresh air. I was receiving a call when I heard ‘I will surprise you today. I will show you today.’
“I turned around and he rushed at me. We were fighting when he grabbed my manhood and held on to it so tightly that I fell down and fainted.
“I think he did not know that I had actually fainted because I was told he still held on to it even when I had passed out. I learnt that it took three men in the compound to force him to let go.
“I was later told that after Essien let go, my neighbours realised how serious my injuries were as I laid unconscious on the ground, so they quickly revived and rushed me to a hospital where I was stitched up and hooked on a drip.”
Chiagba further explained that he had not been able to walk properly since the incident, adding that he had expended a lot of money on treatment and believed Essien must be made to reimburse the money he spent on his treatment.
However, Essien, a Calabar, Cross River State indigene, who has since been arrested by policemen from the Egbeda Police Division, Lagos, said he did not mean to inflict such an injury on Chiagba.
According to the police image maker, Dolapo Badmus, Essien has been charged before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrate’s Court in the state for battery and assault.