A soldier attached to the Supply and Transport Unit of the 22 Armoured Brigade, Sobi Barracks, Ilorin, has died of his injuries after allegedly been bathed in his sleep with acid by his wife.
The deceased, identified only as Sergeant Kayode who hails from Iloffa, in Oke-Ero Local Government Area of Kwara State, died at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) where he was rushed to after the attack last Sunday. He was in his early 40s.
Information gathered by The Herald revealed that neighbours at Block 55 Centre, Sobi Barrack where the deceased lived were attracted to his room at about 10pm, by the loud scream of the deceased.
The source added that the deceased was bathed with the substance suspected to be acid from the head down as a result of which he was burnt all over the body.
The wife (name withheld), who hails from Kaduna, Kaduna State and has two children (male and female) with the deceased, is being detained by the Military Police, Sobi Barrack in Ilorin who is investigating the incident. Sources close to the deceased family disclosed that the marriage has never been rosy as the couple was known to be in violent quarrel at all times.
Barely three weeks ago, the sergeant was said to have been treated at the Medical Research Centre (MC), Sobi Barracks in Ilorin, for food poisoning, also allegedly by his wife.
As a result of the troubled marriage, the deceased’s father, a retired major was said to have advised his son to divorce the woman.