Sometime in 2008, Comfort Sunday, 14, a JSS II student of Government Secondary School, Akwanga was a victim of a bizarre religious belief where her father poured acid on her after a pastor convinced her family that she was a witch and the source of all her family’s problems. Until then, she lived with her father, Sunday James, 61, and her stepmother, Justina Abimiku, 52, having lost her mother at a tender age.
Acting on the advice of the so-called ‘Pastor’, Mr Sunday took his daughter to an uncompleted building where he poured acid on her face. He was apprehended after the act, but was released shortly without any punishment until late last year when the Legal Aid Council and Better Leaven, an NGO who has been taking care of Comfort, mounted pressure on the police for them to prosecute him.
In court, he pleaded guilty saying, “I am aware that my daughter had an acid attack as read by the prosecutor's charge sheet, but I insist that I do not know who committed the act.”
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