Husband to a 23-year-old woman, Mercy Samuel, has disappeared after he allegedly killed her by ripping open her tummy in Jos.
The victim had two children with the assailant, Matthew Samuel. It was gathered that Samuel, showing no mercy, allegedly ripped open her stomach and cut the intestines during a disagreement on Sunday.
She was discovered on Monday and taken to Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jos, where she died on Wednesday.
News men reports that the deceased lived with the husband along the Vom road in Jos South Local Council of Plateau State.
The State Project Officer, Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA), Jummai Madaki, who was trying to get support for the late Mercy before her demise, asked people of goodwill to rise and ensure justice for the deceased.
Madaki 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, removed 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 screams. We were told help did not come, until the early hours of Monday when she was rushed to the hospital, where she was placed on oxygen.
“An informant called my attention to the incident and we raised the alarm. Surprisingly, the matter was not reported to the Police. We were told by her parents that as recently as last year, she was at home due to some issues, but her husband’s people came to beg and she went back.”
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Rebecca Sambo, who also visited the deceased’s family house in Gyel, Jos South, expressed sadness over the incident and assured the family that the matter would not be swept under the carpet.
“The Police have been informed and action has commenced to ensure the young girl gets justice,” she said.
The commissioner urged women to speak out once they sense any danger in their marriages and not give themselves over to be killed by violent husbands.
She directed women to approach gender desks in police stations and report gender-based violence to the desk officers.