Zainab Kasali Kofoworola, a Nigerian nursing student in Ghana is fighting for her life at the 37 Military Hospital after a friend she shares an apartment with, allegedly poured acid on her at Auntie Aku, near Santa Maria in Accra.
The victim 25 years, and identified as a student of the Pherson Health College at Achimota in Accra, was sleeping on a couch when her friend poured the acid on her.
The suspect, Eugenia Billiana Coleman, a 32-year-old businesswoman who is suspected to have poured the acid on Kasali, is currently helping the police in investigations.
According to the police, the victim narrated her ordeal on her sickbed that Eugenia subjected her to the acid bath after she had turned down a request by Eugenia to join her in her illegal narcotic business.
Eugenia reportedly asked Kasali to go with her to Tanzania to survey the security condition in that country before they could convey cocaine there later.
However, Eugenia, who is being held in police custody as a suspect has denied committing the heinous crime by claiming some unknown assailants threw the acid on Kasali while she (suspect) was out of the house.
Kasali is said to have moved from her rented apartment at Auntie Aku, near Sowutuom, to live with Eugenia in the same area after the suspect had asked her severally to share her room, following a series of robbery attacks on Kasali.
Meanwhile, Samuel Boateng, an accountant with the Ghana Cocoa Board believed to be an accomplice is also in the grips of the Sowutuom police.
When contacted, the Sowutuom District Police Commander, Superintendent of Police Ms Susana Adjei, confirmed Eugenia and Boateng’s arrest.
She said Kasali had told police investigators on her sickbed that when she felt the effect of the acid on her body, she started screaming for help, but Eugenia, who was standing by her, told her to stop shouting, as nobody would hear her.
Ms Adjei said the police, in their preliminary investigations, found that even though the suspect and the victim lived in a compound house, none of the tenants was called in to assist Kasali.
Police investigations also established that Eugenia drove towards Tema, using the Spintex Road, until a police patrol team told her to go to the 37 Military Hospital.
At the 37 Military Hospital, records show that Eugenia arrived at the facility at 5:30 a.m. and failed to report the incident to the police. In what looked like a conspiracy, while at the hospital, a witness whose name is being withheld, heard Boateng believed to be an accomplice, telling Eugenia that life would have been simple if she had killed Kasali.
Kasali, who sustained burns on her face, the front part of her body, buttocks, hands and legs, is said to be responding to treatment.