A 34-year old man has been arrested for domestic violence after he attacked his elder sister for becoming an obstacle to his plans.
The suspect identified as Friday Ejemai allegedly stabbed his sister Helen when the later refused to hand over their late father’s house documents that would allow him to sell the property. According to the source, the story began when the Friday from Edo State started dating his girlfriend Blessing from Calabar, Cross River State.
All the drama happened at Governor’s Road in Ikotun where the family house is located. The suspect explained that he met Blessing seven months ago, feel deeply in love with her and wanted to marry her before other men snatch her from him.
However, lack of funds became his greatest barrier in achieving his desire. Already he had allegedly sold his commercial bus and used the money from the sale to sustain their relationship.
Therefore, the only option left for him was to sell the house. The source said Friday met with his mother and other members of his family including the victim, Helen and informed them of his intention to marry Blessing.
He also suggested to the family members to sell the house and share the money so that he would use his own share of the money to marry Blessing and start a business.
The family blatantly refused to succumb to his demands when he could not provide an answer to the question of where their mother would stay if the house was eventually sold. All efforts to talk sense into him failed as he proceeded to visit his sister’s house with his potential wife and demanded the house documents.
When Helen refused, they allegedly attacked and stabbed her severally with broken bottles as well as damage some property in the house. Neighbours alerted the police at Ikotun Division who arrested the culprits (Friday and Blessing) and charge them to court.
The duo, however, pleaded not guilty at the Ejigbo Magistrates Court where they were arraigned.
The presiding Magistrate, Mrs. J.O.E Adeyemi granted them bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case until 5 August 2017. As of the time of this report, both are still remanded in prison custody pending when they’re able to perfect their bail condition.
This is yet another case of domestic violence between siblings, perpetuated by a man who is in desperate need of money to marry.
Many believe the suspect must be under some diabolic influence from his girlfriend for turning violent, but the realistic explanation remains that Friday is struggling financially, therefore could have suffered a psychological trauma.
Just as Nigerians would say, “a hungry man is an angry man.” Any sensible person would understand that if Friday is earning a substantial income, he would not resort to the decision to sell his late father’s property. But in any case, domestic violence is never the solution, neither is ‘marriage’ a do or die affair.