A man, Lekan Shonde was alleged to have beaten his wife, Ronke Bewaji Shonde, to death in their home at No. 5. Tiemo Crescent, Ile-Epo Alhaji, Egbeda on Thursday, and immediately went into hiding after locking up their children, aged six and four, inside the house with their dead mother, have spoken up.
He spoke to Punch from an unknown location on Sunday. While speaking, the alleged wife killer opened up about the circumstances that led to the unfortunate death of his wife. According to him, Ronke provoked him by describing vividly how her lover slept with her in a hotel in Abuja.
Lekan Shonde claimed that problems started between him and his wife of 8 years after she started dating the general manager of a publishing company where she works, adding that although he used to beat his wife, the last time it happened was three years ago before their recent confrontation.
“Since I married my wife eight years ago, she has never bought anything into the house. I gave her N5,000 on Saturdays and N3,000 on Tuesdays for soup. I also gave her money to make her hair.
“She was working with GTB as a marketer, but she got sacked three years ago. For that period, I was the one feeding her and taking responsibility for everything in the family. I would wash her pants, bathe the children and buy foodstuffs in the house. She later got a job with a publishing company owned by her uncle.
“But my wife changed sometime in March, when she started dating the general manger of a publishing company. My wife was going to the office from Monday to Sunday and she wasn’t going to church again, all because of this man. She called him ‘Eyitemi’ (My own).
“Last week Friday, she went to Abuja and came back on Monday. She never told me that the lover was there with her. I learnt later that the lover was there and they slept together in the same room for four days.
“When she came back, she didn’t know I was inside the house. She started talking with the man on the phone that he really had fun with him and I didn’t know how to make love. She again said her private parts were paining her.”
When he confronted Ronke about having a relationship with another man, she confirmed it and as a result, he asked her to leave the house. Ronke refused to leave according to reports.
Recounting the incident of that night which led to her death, Lekan Shonde said they had an argument over the N30,000 tuition fee of their children. Hear him:
“It was around 9pm on Thursday. We had paid our nanny N20,000. Then we needed to pay our children’s teachers N30,000. I discovered she had taken N20,000 and when I asked her to return my money, she said she had spent it.
“I was angry because for the past three months, she didn’t allow me to have sex with her. I pushed her hand away from me on the staircase and I left her. She never tumbled or fell. In fact that night, I bought the food that we both ate because she said she didn’t want to cook.
“I didn’t know anything had happened to her until Friday when I saw her on the staircase. I thought she was still pretending. I just left her and walked away.”
Mr. Lekan Shonde denied locking his children inside the house and also denied taking the victim’s phone away, saying he left it on the bed. According to him, there was no reason for him to kill his wife, adding that he bought her two cars and always provided for her needs.
“Jide, her family’s second child lived with me for three to four years. Their eldest daughter, Bolatito, has lived with me too.
“Although I am not a saint, I don’t drink, I don’t smoke. I am a responsible man. The problem with my wife was that she was temperamental. She shouted at me whenever she talked.
“I am a Lagos boy and I can be in this Lagos for the next 30 years and nobody would see me.”
Unfortunately for Mr. Lekan Shonde, not too long after his bragging, he was picked up by men of the Rapid Response Squad in Lagos.
A family source told Punch that the domestic violence had been on for some time, saying at a point, the matter was reported at a police station. He said, “He always beat her because of his belief that she was into an extra-marital affair”.
Meanwhile, Ronke’s mother was said to have arrived in Lagos from Ilorin, Kwara State, according to the report of her elder sister, Bolatito.
Ronke is the second of her children to have died after she lost her only son in an auto crash in Abuja less than one year ago, while Bolatito is her only surviving child.