Police officials have arrested a 17-year-old Beninoise woman, Kwenume Ojo, also known as Abiodun, for allegedly killing her husband, Jimoh Ojo, 32, after she laced his soft drink with poison and forced it down his throat while he slept on Apolo Street, in Makoko area of Yaba Lagos State.
Ojo reportedly took the poison from a relative of her boyfriend after she was forced to marry the deceased and committed the act on Friday, June 27, 2015.
Mr Ojo’s in-law, Rotimi Akinlagun, explained that the marriage was arranged by both families because the deceased was retarded which made it difficult for him to get a wife.
He said, “Jimoh was a carpenter. When he was born, he fell sick and that affected his health as he became retarded.
“When he became mature, we decided to get him a wife. We started asking around for anybody who could give him a wife.
“Kwenume’s father heard and he contacted Jimoh’s family. He gave them Kwenume to become Jimoh’s wife. She had no choice in the matter.”
The suspects father was said to have supported the arrangement because he didn’t want her to marry her boyfriend, who he did not like.
According to Punch, the dislike, it was gathered, stemmed from the maltreatment of Kwenume’s sister, who was married into the boyfriend’s family.
The source added, “She was brought to me and we took her to Jimoh’s hometown in Yewa, Ogun State. He was going there to make love with her. After six months, she became pregnant and we brought her back to Lagos State.
“The couple moved into a new apartment to start a new family. Their apartment was close to my house so I could monitor them. Abiodun (Kwenume) was assisting my wife to sell food at her canteen.”
It was gathered that after the couple had a baby girl named, Hannah, she became attracted to her former boyfriend and she started visiting him.
More so, she went to his elder brother, Wensu, an herbalist in the Sogunro, Iwaya area of the state, who allegedly gave her the poison to put in her husband’s drink so she could marry the boyfriend whose identity was disclosed.
According to the victim’s elder sister, Modupe Akinlagun, he had returned from work on the fateful day and visited her shop to get food.
She said, “He dished the food himself and ate. After eating, I asked him to go home and rest. When his wife returned from an errand I sent her, I asked her to also return home with her baby.
“I was still there when his wife came to call me that he had slumped in the toilet.
“When we got there, people had surrounded him and were pouring palm oil into his mouth. He was vomiting the oil and a white substance. He kept saying, ‘Iya Hannah has killed me, she opened my mouth and poured drug inside.’
“Iya Hannah (Kwenume) denied Jimoh’s accusation, but he insisted that she forced the poison down his throat.”
The source’s husband said the deceased gave up the ghost around 11.30pm, adding that the community elders questioned the suspect before she confessed to the crime.
He said, “Around 3am on Saturday, a policeman, together with some of our people went to get the man.”
Furthermore, the two suspects were said to have been kept till dawn until a team of policemen from the Adekunle division arrived in six vans.
It took the intervention of the police officials to calm the raging youth who nearly lynched the both suspects.
The traditional ruler of the Egun community, Seriki Dito, called on the police to investigate the case, adding that governmental and non-governmental organisations should come to the aid of the couple’s child, Hannah.
He said, “This is something that has shaken our community terribly. We want the government to give the deceased justice. We also want help for the girl because she is almost an orphan now.”
Confirming the incident, the state police spokesperson, Kenneth Nwosu, said, “The woman and her accomplice are in custody. The case has been transferred to the DCI for investigation.”