A middle age man, Kola Ajibola, is in the police custody for allegedly killing his pregnant wife. The incident occurred at Badagry area of Lagos, last Wednesday, during a scuffle between Kola and his wife, Funmilayo, who was said to be five months pregnant at the time.
Family members of the deceased accused Kola of the crime, alleging that he beat up and shoved his pregnant wife. And the deceased allegedly fell on a hard object in their apartment and sustained a major injury, which made her bleed from the nose.
Seeing the harm he committed, Kola was said to have taken his wife to the clinic but Funmilayo, a mother of one, died shortly after, and the case was subsequently reported to the Badagry police station.
Funmilayo’s elder sister, who identified herself as Monisola, also accused Kola of molesting his late wife in the past.
“They have quarrelled in the past and Kola has maltreated his wife. Just recently, my late sister reported his behaviour to one of our uncles and Kola was called and warned not to touch her again,” she said.
“It is sad that he did not heed the warning as he went on to beat her despite the fact that she was five months pregnant for him; she has a seven-year-old son and he is staying with the family since her untimely death.”
Monisola however feared that the case might not be properly investigated by the police, alleging that officers attached to the Badagry police station have been frustrating the family’s efforts to get justice.
She alleged that Deputy Crime Officer (DCO) at the station had told her to approach the Homicide department at Panti Yaba, if she wanted the case transferred there.
“Is it my job to ask for police signal before the case can be transferred for thorough investigation?” She asked.
“We suspect a foul play by the police that they want to release the suspect without conducting investigation.”
Reacting to the allegation, the spokesperson for the state police Command, Ngozi Braide, said proper investigation will be conducted into the case.
“A signal has already been sent to the police headquarters over the incident, so there is no prank to release the suspect,” she said.
“The suspect is in the custody of the police and the police officers at Badagry have taken the corpse for a post mortem to be conducted.”