degenerated into fisticuffs. But when 24-year-old Okechukwu Chiagba
woke up that day, he did not imagine that he would nearly lose his
manhood over something as mundane as a potty.
he engaged in a scuffle with his neighbour, 41-year-old Michael Essien, a
Calabar, Cross River State indigene, over accusation of using a potty
Chiagba had sustained a gory tear in his manhood that put him in the
hospital for more than one week.
that the incident that led to his injury began at 6am that day in the
apartment building in which he lived with his wife (what is called
face-me-I-face-you) in Shasha, Egbeda Lagos.
out to use the toilet. We normally use potties. But when she got to
where she put her potty, she could not find it.
had not seen it. She went outside to look for it and that was when she
saw our neighbour (Essien) coming out of the toilet with it.
was preparing to go out and challenge the man for using my wife’s potty
when my wife cautioned me not to go. She said she would prefer to go and
meet the man’s wife and talk to her. I agreed and let the matter go.”
went to work but when he came back in the night, he saw the potty at
their entrance, even though they usually kept it out of sight in a
corner of the house.
under the staircase where we usually kept it. When I was returning it,
Essien blocked my way and said I should not put it there again, I asked
why and he said because my wife was accusing him of using the plastic.
accused him, all he needed was to deny or ignore her that he really did
not use it. I tried to go past him and put the potty there but he pushed
me to the ground. We were about to fight when neighbours separated us.
went to put on a boxer and sat outside to take fresh air. I was
receiving a call when I heard ‘I will surprise you today. I will show
you today.’ I turned around just in time to catch him as he rushed at
manhood and held on to it so tightly that I fell down and fainted. I
think he did not know that I had actually fainted because I was told he
still held on to it even when I had passed out. I learnt that it took
three men in the compound to force him to let go.”
the neighbours realised how serious Chiagba’s injuries were as he laid
unconscious on the ground.
policemen from the Egbeda Police Division, Lagos, explained that he did
not mean to inflict such an injury on Chiagba.
that he had not been able to walk properly since the incident. He said
he had expended a lot of money on treatment and believed Essien must be
made to reimburse the money he spent on his treatment.