A crime report reaching BuzzNigeria directly from Lagos said one Mr. Omojoye Ayodele who’s an official of the Western Naval Command, Appa, Lagos has been apprehended by the state Police Command for allegedly battering his wife, Mary Egbailo, to death.
The homicide occurred on Tuesday, January 18, 2017, at the couple’s home on Eze Anthony Street, in the Igando, Alimosho area of the state.
According to neighbors who witness and reported the case, 30-year-old Omojoye Ayodele had gone to escort his wife back from the Cherubim and Seraphim Church in the area, where she was said to have been since for three days.
An argument which later led to a fight ensued between the couple shortly after they entered their room-and-parlour apartment.
Omojoye Ayodele, a native of Ebute Irele in Ondo State allegedly beat his 29-year-old wife till she became weak and slumped.
Egbailo was rushed to El Dunamis Hospital, by her husband and two female neighbours, where medical officials confirmed her dead on arrival.
According to the unidentified hospital staff, the husband claimed she took a local insecticide, Sniper. He further confirmed that the deceased was brought around in the tricycle and it was discovered that she was already dead.
“She was brought around 11.30am in a tricycle. A man, who wore military uniform and claimed to be her husband, was screaming that she took Sniper insecticide.
“Doctors went to check her in the tricycle and it was discovered that she was dead. We immediately asked that she should be transferred to a general hospital. The husband was shouting to the hearing of everybody that she took Sniperm” said the hosipital staff.
It was gathered that the victim would have been taken to her hometown for burial, but for the insistence of the landlady, who maintained that Egbailo did not take Sniper, but was a victim of domestic violence.
The case was reported at the Igando Police Division and Ayodele was arrested for homicide.
The landlady told our correspondent that on the morning of her death, Egbailo did not show any sign of depression.
“The man complained that for the past three days, his wife had been away from the house and gone to a church,” she narrated.
“Around 10am on Tuesday, both of them entered into the house. I guess he had just gone to pick her from church.
“It was not up to three minutes that I started hearing noise. I went to their apartment and asked the man what the problem was, but he pushed me away and kept hitting her. He dragged her on the floor, among other things.
She said she ran out to call for help when the beating was excessive, but as other residents approached the house to intervene, the suspect threw his wife into the gutter.
“I begged her to wait outside till her husband calm down, but she said she wanted him to kill her,” she continued. But she [victim] entered the house again and was beaten up until she became weak.”
“She could not walk, so I decided to take her to a hospital. But nobody was willing to help me. If we had a vehicle on time, we would have probably saved her life. We were in front of my shop for about one hour, without any help.
“She was still talking to me before she passed out. The last request she made was that she needed palm oil,” she said.
The Landlady shared that her reason for reporting the case to the police was to prevent the suspect from escaping justice. She described the victim as gentle and doesn’t cause trouble for anyone.
“We discussed together and she always shared her challenges with me. When her father came after she died, he kept saying his daughter never told him what was going on in her marriage. She was always covering up for him,” she said.
The couple reportedly had a child named Israel in 2011, but efforts to have another child were said to have been abortive. it is assumed that the issue must have been responsible for the tension in the family.
Another witness who was a close friend of the deceased said Egbailo did not give her any impression that she was being assaulted by her husband.
“She had never opened her mouth to tell me anything like that. It was later I was told she had been a victim of domestic abuse,” she said.
The second witness also narrated the victim’s husband claim his wife drank the poisonous sniper after she threaten to kill herself during their argument.
However, spokesperson for the Western Naval Command, Apapa, Lt. Commander Chinwe Umar, said Egbailo committed suicide.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the corpse had been deposited in a mortuary for autopsy.
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