University student just months to graduation is bathed with acid in Nigeria Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 4, 2021


Fatima Habu Usman, a 26-year old final year student of the Department of Nursing at the University of Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria is battling for life after she was attacked with acid by two unknown tricycle operators in Borno state.

What is acid attack?: Acid throwing, also called an acid attack, a vitriol attack or vitriolage, is a form of violent assault defined as the act of throwing acid or a similarly corrosive substance onto the body of another “with the intention to disfigure, maim, torture, or kill”, according to Wikipedia.

Fatima Habu Usman, a 26-year old final year student of the Department of Nursing at the University of Maiduguri

Fatima Habu Usman, a 26-year old final year student of the Department of Nursing at the University of Maiduguri


Mr. Ibrahim Yusuf, her relative who confirmed the incident to newswire, PRNigeria, said Fatima was kidnapped on Friday after she boarded a tricycle in front of First Bank where she had gone to deposit some cash.

“She boarded a commercial tricycle popularly called Keke NAPEP to Baga Road, but unknown to her, one of the men in the tricycle brought out a white handkerchief and pretended as though he was having cough.

“As soon as he touched her face with the handkerchief, she passed out, only to find herself dumped at the Railway Bayan Quarters area, bathed with a substance suspected to be acid around 1pm.

“It’s sad that an innocent young lady like Fatima, who is already in her final year at the university and looked forward to a brighter future could be subjected to such cruel and inhumane treatment by criminal-minded Keke NAPEP operators in the state,” Yusuf said.

The UMTH Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee(CMAC), Bashir Tahir said Fatima is recooperating.

Tahir said that medical team where still conducting relevant examinations on her to determine whether she would undergo surgical operations.

The Borno State Commissioner of Police, Damien Chukwu, who confirmed the incident, said investigation was currently ongoing to unravel the culprits behind the attack.

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