The Lagos State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, has detained a 34-year-old Lagosdriver, Benjamin, in Amoshe town, Meiran, for reportedly beating his wife, Stella,to deathfor getting drunk.
According to Punch Metro, Benjamin killed his wife when she returned home drunk after ‘having fun’ in a bar she had gone to with her three friends Fatima, Kafaya – and a man, Wasiu.
It was gathered that after he had beaten her mercilessly and realized that she was dying, he quickly rushed her to a church for prayer. However when she was later taken to a hospital in the neighborhood, she was confirmed dead.
According to Mr. Samson Adedeji who lives in the area, Benjamin usually assaulted his wife whenever she was drunk.
“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” he said.
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’s claim.
“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.
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.
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