Judge and skin care therapist clash over burnt skin after procedure

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Following bizarre cosmetic treatments that left burns on the latter's skin, Justice Zainab Bashir, an Abuja National Industrial Court judge, and a skin-care professional named Pamela Onyeagusi have swapped accusations.

Upon hearing that Bashir (the client) had complained that the cosmetic procedures had failed, the therapist accused the judge of tormenting her and making her life intolerable.

Justice Bashir, however, asserted that the therapist had damaged her skin and that she had to leave the country to receive treatment for herself.

On May 8, 2022, the judge contacted Onyeagusi at her home in Utako, Abuja, to schedule appointments for facial, thigh, and stomach procedures.

After the operations were finished, the judge is reported to have given the therapist $2,000 on the spot and the remaining N500,000 two days later.

However, the calm was short-lived because the judge reported that her face was breaking out days after the procedure.

After the failed surgeries, the judge's skin was burned, as our correspondent was able to capture on camera.

Onyeagusi told The Punch during the interaction, “She came to my office on a referral from one of my clients. When she came, I didn’t know she was a judge. She wanted facial, thigh and stomach treatments. She had acne on her face, black thighs, and stretch marks and also wanted laser hair removal.

Justice Zainab Bashir's Burnt Skin
Justice Zainab Bashir's Burnt Skin

“She had facial treatment, and because of the many blackheads on her face, we used an extractor on her. Her thighs were bad and when she requested the treatment, I told her it was quite painful and not advisable for her since she had undergone previous liposuction and other surgeries.

“But she insisted that I should do it because she didn’t like the way her thighs looked.

“So, she spent about three hours in our facility that day and afterwards, she sent her driver to pay $2,000 cash and the balance of N500,000 was paid on May 10.

“However, she complained about her face breaking out, which I told her was due to the acne; she came to my place, and I used ice to massage it for her. I later advised her to use honey and even sent her the type of honey to apply.

“For her thighs, I advised there was the need for her to avoid putting pressure on them and that she should relax and avoid moving around for some days. However, she travelled the very next day being May 9. She even did double trips to Jos and Lagos."

She also claims her BP had risen since the Judge threatened to deal with her when she returned from the US.

Justice Bashir however told ThePunch that Onyeagusi's allegations were untrue, stating that she had taken the case to the Consumer Protection Commission.

While threatening our correspondent with a libel suit, she said the matter had been sent to the Consumer Protection Commission, Abuja, adding that Onyeagusi destroyed her skin.

She said, “I am not in Nigeria currently because I came for treatment. She injured me, and I’m using my money for my ticket, accommodation, and treatment. I don’t need her money, but the lady must face justice. The case is already with the Consumer Protection Commission, Abuja. I will advise you to wait or contact them. They have invited her to the commission because she’s not fit to run that business.

“All I went for was a facial treatment, but she brought a laser machine and said she could operate it. I didn’t know she could not, and she burnt my face and skin.

“Have you seen where she is operating? She’s operating in one filthy place and she calls the place her house and also where she injured people. The police are aware that she has injured several persons. If I wanted to arrest her, I would have done that since May when it happened. I won’t say more. But the moment you write anything about me that is not correct, my lawyers will sue you.”

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