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Husband rips wife’s belly open, severs intestine over disagreement

The husband was also reported to have fled with her phone after committing the heinous crime to prevent her from calling for help, Persecondnews gathered.

A 23-year-old mother of two, Mercy Samuel, died in Plateau State on Wednesday, after her husband reportedly ripped open her stomach, removed her intestine and cut it over a disagreement on Sunday night.

The husband was also reported to have fled with her phone after committing the heinous crime to prevent her from calling for help, Persecondnews gathered.

The deceased, who lived with the husband along Vom Road in Jos South Local Government Area, was discovered and rushed to Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jos, where she gave up the ghost on Wednesday.

According to the State Project Officer, Women’s Right Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA), Jummai Madaki, there had been some violence against the deceased in the past.

Madaki who was trying to get support for the late Mercy before her demise, also called for justice for the deceased.

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She 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 scream. We were told help did not come until the early hours of Monday, when she was rushed to the hospital and was placed on oxygen.

“An informant called my attention to the incident and we raise the 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.”

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Rebecca Sambo, who also visited the deceased family house, expressed sadness over the incident and assured the family that the “matter would not be swept under the carpet.”

She advised women to speak out once they sense any danger in their marriages, and not give themselves over to be killed by violent husbands.

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