Domestic violence victim thanks Ambode for financing her surgery
A victim of domestic violence, Mary Sunday, 32, who was assaulted by her fiancé, a police officer, Isaac Gbanwuan, has commended Gov. Ambode of Lagos State for sponsoring her treatment in India.
Mary said she got N9.5 million from the state government to cover part of her reconstructive surgery as a result of burns.
Speaking with journalists in Lagos, Mary, who just returned from India where she underwent the first phase of her three stages reconstructive surgery, said she was grateful to Lagos State government and the Executive Director of Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, and staff, for ensuring she got her life back after five years of neglect.
Mary, a graduate of the University of Nigeria (UNN), Nsukka, Enugu State, was subjected to domestic violence on August 24, 2012 by her fiancé, Gbanwuan.
For picking a phone call, Gbanwuan accused Mary of infidelity and reportedly battered, pursued her into a neighbour’s kitchen, picked a cooking stove with a boiling pot of stew and smashed it on her. The stove exploded and set Mary on fire.
Mary was unconscious for two weeks and lost two ears. Her upper neck and arms also glued together as a result of the burns. All efforts to get justice after the incident were abortive.
The police said they discovered after investigations that Mary intentionally inflicted the burns on herself. The case is presently in ECOWAS Court in Abuja.