From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Customers: She confesses of using water from mortuary to cook
Chief: It is a lie, I am her customer she just went insane
Which version of story should the public accept? That Happiness Etuk, a popular food vendor who operates her business at Okerewa Community in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State has gone mad. Or should we accept the version by some of her customers that her evil deeds have backfired, which led her to confessing her atrocities.
This is an issue that has divided the opinion of Okerewa community.Happiness, as she is fondly called, is a native of Akwa-Ibom, but has resided in Okerewa for more than three years doing her business before she recently went berserk and started speaking in a strange and uncoordinated manner . Eyewitnesses allege that she confessed to spicing her food with water from the mortuary and her private part.
One of her customers, Mr. Akure Njo, said: “I enjoy her food, she cooks delicious meal and she has done this business for more than three years. This particular day she just came back from the market from where she went to buy food items as usual for her daily business only for us to discover that shthaws behaving abnormal.
“So she started revealing to us that she uses water from mortuary and her private part to spice her food to get more customers. That she is not alone in the business, that about five women were also involved. While we were pondering on the whole thing and getting more confused, she stripped herself naked and ran to the market square.”
It took the intervention of Ngokany Onwijima, another of Hapiness’ customers to save her from being lynched by some members of the community. “Her revelation on howwholeresearch to prepare her food did not go down well with her customers and other members of the community who wanted to beat her. But we were fast to call the police who now rushed to the scene and took her to Eleme police station for more investigation on the matter,” he said.
A Chief in the area, Osilachu Ngbingbii, said he had been eating Happiness’ food and found nothing on the rumour except that than mere fabrications calculated to tarnish her image because she went mad. “My brother it is just a mere fabrication being spread by some of her customers, ‘that she uses water from mortuary to cook’. Yes I do go there as one of her customers, I know it is this Okada riders that are spreading this rumour. I am calling on government to assist her to be admitted to a Psychiatric Hospital, she needs our help now to assist her become normal and not to rubbish her. I heard that her wedding is just a few months away before she became insane.”
A Calabar lady who simply gave her name as Glory indeed confirmed that Hapiness’ wedding is just three month away. adding “They may say those things because she is mad, people have been saying she said this and that. She is a nice lady who was about to get married, just three months from now, God will not forgive whoever did this to her,” she said.
At Eleme Police Station, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the station was not on available when The Post called but a source from the police station who pleaded anonymity said happiness had been released to her family, adding that stress may have caused her to behave abnormal.
However, the Rivers State Police Public Relation Officer Mrs. Angela Agabe(DSP)said she had contacted the DPO who said the lady they brought to the station looked like a mad woman and had been released to her family who took her to Catholic Healing Home called Daughters of Charity.