A 23-year-old housewife, Damilola Ayeni, who was said to have stabbed the 36-year-old husband in the chest, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police command.
Damilola Ayeni who got married to her husband two years ago, a union that produced two children, stabbed her husband, Olumide, to death following a disagreement on Friday at their house on Bamgbose Street, Lagos Island. The deceased who was rushed to Lagos Island General Hospital, was pronounced dead by the hospital.
The couple’s marriage was fraught with disagreements, and according to the deceased’s father, Sunday Ayeni, who reported the case to the police he had tried to intervene, but he was stopped by some family members, who warned him to back off. The Ikale, Ondo State indigene told Punch’s correspondent that his son was murdered by the wife over suspicion of infidelity.
“My son and I work at the Lagos Island General Hospital. While I work as a security guard, he worked in the pharmacy department. They got married at the Ikoyi registry.
“They had issues many times and my son reported her to me. I told them to go their separate ways, but people said I should not come between them.
“On Friday, after my son and I closed from work in the evening, he went for a party. Around that time, he called his wife on the telephone and they spoke.
“When he returned home that night, his wife waited for him at the door and stopped him from entering. She said she heard the voice of a woman in the background when they spoke on the telephone and accused him of infidelity. That was how she stabbed him in the chest and killed him. There was no struggle between them. Their two children were taken away by the wife’s mother. She has a three-month-old baby.”
However in her statement at the police station, the housewife claimed she acted in self defence, as a source noted that the Lagos State indigene claimed that her husband was the aggressor.
“The woman said the deceased called her mobile phone sometime in the evening, but she missed the call. When he came back home around 1am on Saturday, he queried her whereabouts when he called her phone. He accused her of infidelity and charged at her with a knife. She then picked the kitchen knife and stabbed him in self-defence” the source said.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti who confirmed the incident, said that the housewife who was arrested by policemen from the Lion Building division, had reportedly been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.