A 34-year-old commercial driver in Amoshe town, Meiran, Lagos
State, has been detained by the State Criminal Investigation and
Intelligence Department, Yaba, for allegedly killing his wife.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspect, identified only as Benjamin, beat his wife to death for allegedly getting drunk.
It was said that the victim, Stella, together with three of her friends –
Fatima, Kafaya – and a man, Wasiu, had gone to have fun in a nearby
She was said to have returned home inebriated, which angered her husband.
Benjamin reportedly beat her to a pulp and when it appeared
tha she was dying, he rushed her to a church for prayer. She was later
taken to a hospital in the neighbourhood, where she was confirmed dead.
A resident, Mr. Samson Adedeji, stated that Benjamin usually assaulted his wife whenever she was drunk.
Adedeji said, “The wife came back home on Saturday, July 1,
drunk. Her husband was angry, but people begged him to allow her sleep.
He didn’t heed to their plea. He beat her up seriously. It was the
following day that I was told the wife died in a hospital.”
An elderly woman in the area, Mrs. Aribisola Amoshe, said although she
did not know what transpired between the couple, there were marks of
violence on the deceased.
She said, “I learnt about the incident through a neighbour.
Before her body was deposited in a mortuary, I saw it. There were
injuries on her body.”
However, Benjamin reportedly told the police that Stella was poisoned at a beer parlour.
He said, “I think she was poisoned because she vomited. She went to drink with her friends. I didn’t beat her.”
But one of the deceased’s friends, Fatimoh, who was also arrested by the police, refuted Benjamin’
“The four of us were together that day. We took a bottle of
beer each. My friend died from the injuries inflicted on her by her
husband. She didn’t fight with anybody at the bar,” she added.
When contacted, the Lagos State Police Public Relations
Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, promised to call back for comments on
the the incident.
However, a police source said the case had been transferred
to the SCIID, Yaba, adding that a manhunt had been launched for the
other two friends of the deceased.
Source Punch Newspaper