A husband is on the run after allegedly hacking his wife to death.
23-year-old mother-of-two Mercy Samuel was attacked on Sunday night, April 17, leaving her with her abdomen ripped open and her intestine cut.
Her husband, Samuel Mathew, who lived with her along Vom road in Jos South local government area of Plateau State when the incident happened, allegedly took her phone and absconded after the attack.
Mercy was found at home on Monday morning and rushed to the Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jos, but she died on Wednesday, April 20.
According to Jummai Madaki, the State Project Officer, Women’s Right Advancement and Protection Alternative, WRAPA, Mercy had been a victim of domestic violence for a while and the group was trying to get support for her before she was killed.
Following her death, Jummai asked the public to call for justice on her behalf.
Jummai said: “There had been some violence against her in the past as confirmed by her family but the husband’s family denied any violence. The man ripped open her tummy, remove her intestine and cut it before he disappeared with her phone so she could not call for help.
“They live in a small apartment so I wonder why no one heard her scream, we were told help did not come until the early hours of Monday when she was rushed to the hospital and placed on oxygen. An informant called my attention to the incident and we raise an alarm. Surprisingly, the matter was not reported to the police. We were told by her parents that even as recent as last year, she was home due to some issues but the husband’s people came to beg and she went back.”
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Rebecca Sambo, who visited the family of the deceased in Gyel, Jos South, expressed sadness over the incident and assured the family that the matter would not be swept under the carpet,.
She said: “The police have been informed and action has commenced ensuring the young girl gets justice.”
Rebecca advised women who suffer domestic violence to speak out once they sense any danger in their marriages and not wait until they are killed.