Ronke Bewaji Shonde, a married woman in her mid-thirties, was alleged to have been beaten to death by her husband, Lekan Shonde, on Friday, 6th May, in their home at No. 5 Tiemo Crescent, off Awori Street, Ile-Epo Alhaji, Egbeda. Reports say that the couple had fought in the morning of the said date, with noises being heard from their apartment.
The information about the banker’s death surfaced when their nanny was said to have reported for work at about 7am but could not gain entry into the apartment because it was locked. She then peeped through the window and saw the kids crying, in a futile effort to wake their mother.
Alerting the attention of the neighbors, the door to the apartment was forced open, and Ronke’s dead body was found, with blood stains on her head and her husband Lekan, no where to be seen as Ronke’s phone are also missing. He locked the two kids -aged six and four with their dead mother in the house.
The body of late Ronke Bewaji Shonde was taken to the mortuary while a hunt for her husband has begun.
A neighbour, who spoke to Vanguard, said that they heard noise from the building but didn’t imagine it was something as serious as death, until the nanny raised the alarm.
It still difficult for me to understand why a woman would rather remain in an abusive relationship even when she fully knows that her life is in danger.
Proofs emerged yesterday, 8th May, that the late Ronke Shonde, confided in one of her friends about her husband’s sudden change of behaviour.
According to her confidant who spoke to Vanguard on condition of anonymity, Ronke expressed fear for her life and had complained of being beaten by her husband in April, during an argument. Even though her confidant did not reveal the major cause of the quarrel, she was reported to have attributed one of the causes to Lekan’s over-bearing attitude.
Preliminary investigations by the police confirmed that the late Ronke Bewaji Shonde was being physically abused by her husband as there were marks of violence on the deceased face.