Vanguard (Lagos)

11 November 2012

Nigeria: Puzzle as Man Kills Wife in Toilet

opinion

When the news filtered into town that a man had pushed his wife into a completely filled pit latrine resulting to her death, the story sounded bizarre.

The news was the more strange as the couple was described as friendly and gentle.

Following the development, residents of Agbado, in Ado-Odo, Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State have remained in shock. The middle-aged victim was identified as Rauda Alaraba who met her fate during a domestic squabble with her husband..

Some residents of the area have continued to raise posers. What could have prompted the 46-year-old Surajudeen to throw his wife into the pit latrine in their rented house?

Was it done to punish her or was it accidental? The murder suspect was paraded in Abeokuta. The storey-buildingwhere the incident happened became a Mecca of sort when the news broke that Rauda was made to eat feaces after she entered the latrine before she gave up the ghost.

The marriage of the couple was said to have produced some children but the husband, it was learnt, was not gainfully employed and had to rely on the wife, a petty trader, for sustenance.

Many neighbours of the Alarabas, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, expressed concern that the suspect must have been under a spell as he was never known for violence.

However, Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ikemefuna Okoye, while parading Suraju and other suspected criminals, at the State Command Headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, narrated that the suspect committed the crime at about 7.20p.m. penultimate Sunday.

He said the suspect would be charged to court after the completion of the interrogation .While disclosing how the police got the story, Okoye said: "The Agbado Division had a distress call that a man had pushed his wife into a deep pit and we quickly rushed to the scene where the victim was metdead in the pit.

"The suspect was immediately apprehended and we are still interrogating him, he will be charged to court as soon as we are done with our investigations". Meanwhile, another couple are in police net over alleged illegal possession of firearms. George Dada, said to be an octogenarian and his 64-year old wife, Sidikat, were also alleged to be shielding their son said to be on the wanted list of police.

According to the police, findings revealed that the couple are parents to a wanted armed robber suspect, Adeyemi, who was at large.

The police commissioner said that the couple were arrested following the discovery of some guns and ammunition hidden in their residence located at 21 Obarinwa Street, Aiyegbami, Ago-Iwoye.

Okoye said, "The DPO of Ago-Iwoye, Stephen Iriavbijeh, got information that suggested that the couple's son, one Adeyemi Dada, is a robbery suspect and he led a team to conduct the search. " On getting there, the suspect was not seen but, while executing the search warrant, one cut-to-size gun, two locally made pistols and 16 live cartridges were recovered in his mother's wardrobe.

"Thus the arrest of the two of them in whose possession the firearms were found for thorough interrogation." The commissioner said the couple might be charged to court if the culpability of the allegation against them was established.

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