A widowed mother of four has been hospitalised in Ebonyi State after her employer attached her for demanding her 10 days wage worth N8,500.
The suspect, a native of the Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state, identified as Mr Okechukwu Achina, was said to have broken the widow's leg with a hammer, in front of her three-year-old son.
According to The PUNCH, Achina's whereabouts remain unknown having fled his house since the assault on Tuesday.
A source said, "Mrs Mary Orogwu, a widow and a mother of four children, hails from the Ohaukwu LGA of Ebonyi State. After she lost her husband, she went into menial labour through which she fends for herself and her children.
“She worked for Okechukwu Achina for 10 good days and made a total of N8,500, which he refused to pay her.
"Few days ago, there was no money for Mary to feed her children. She went to Okechukwu's house in company of her last child to beg him to pay part of the money, so she could buy food for her children.
“But Okechukwu refused to give her the money. He instead brought out a bundle of N1,000 notes from his pocket, showed the poor woman and said, ‘This is money, but I won't give you shishi and you can't do anything.’
"The woman, out of frustration and tears made to leave Okechukwu's premises, but turned to him and said, ‘You see this my sweat that came from my body while I worked for you and which you have decided to embezzle because I have nobody to ask you for it, God will punish you. You will find yourself in a condition worst than what I'm passing through.’
"Immediately Okechukwu heard this, he got infuriated, rushed after the poor woman, brushed her two times and the woman fell on the ground and the little child started to cry. As the woman rose from the ground and made to run for her life, Okechukwu had advanced closer with a iron hammer and hit the woman's right leg repeatedly, thus shattering the bones of the poor widow. When he saw the extent of the damage on the woman, he ran away from his house.
"In the pool of her own blood, Mrs Mary layed in her attacker's compound, wailed and groaned for more 24hrs without medical attention and without any positive intervention from any quarter."
The Kpiri-Kpiri Divisional Police Station (Abakaliki), confirmed the incident to our Correspondent, on Thursday.
The Investigative Police Officer, attached to the Division, Insp. Immaculata Ogbonna, said they would have gone for the arrest of the suspect, except for the absence of the complainant.
She said, "We have not made any arrest, because we are waiting for the person that reported the matter to our station to come and take us to the suspect's place. We don't know the suspect, because we have not met him in person. And the number of the complainant has not been reachable.
"Our arrangement today (Thursday) was that he would take us to the man's place, so that we can arrest him.
"The condition of the woman, even though it was very bad the first day, it is getting better. And even the suspect has not shown up at the hospital. So, we are waiting for the man that reported the matter to come and take us to where he is."