The Lagos State Police Command has arrested The Baale of Ise Town, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos State, Taibu Ogunbanjo, for reportedly crushing his wife of three years, Rotimi Ogunbanjo, with his Toyota Highlander.
It was gathered that Taibu’s marriage was plagued with misunderstanding and fights, and Rotimi’s death on Thursday, December 7, 2017 came after she went to her husband’s block-moulding factory at Folu, a community in Ibeju Lekki, to destroy blocks moulded.
Akinsipe, a community leader who confirmed the incident, disclosing that the matter was reported at the Akodo Police Station, said Rotimi died at the spot and her corpse has been deposited at the Epe General Hospital.
“HE (TAIBU) IS THE BAALE OF THE COMMUNITY. HE AND HIS WIFE HAD BEEN HAVING ISSUES SINCE THEY GOT MARRIED. I DID NOT KNOW WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED BETWEEN THEM ON THAT DAY, BUT I LEARNT THAT THEY HAD A DISAGREEMENT IN THE MORNING.
“SHE WENT TO HIS BLOCK FACTORY AND DESTROYED SOME BLOCKS ARRANGED ON THE PREMISES. HE ENTERED HIS VEHICLE ANGRILY AND AS HE WAS DRIVING OUT OF THE PREMISES, THE WIFE TRIED TO STOP HIM. HE HIT HER AND SHE DIED ON THE SPOT” AKINSIPE SAID.
A police source who spoke to Punch’s correspondent, said the suspect’s family reported at the police station that the death resulted from an accident.
“THE BAALE AND THE WOMAN GOT MARRIED THREE YEARS AGO WITHOUT A CHILD AND THEY HAD BEEN HAVING DISAGREEMENTS. ON THAT PARTICULAR DAY, SHE DESTROYED SOME BLOCKS AT THE INDUSTRY. THE MAN BECAME ANGRY AND AS HE WAS DRIVING OUT, HE CRUSHED HER WITH HIS VEHICLE ON THE FACTORY PREMISES.
“THE RELATIONS OF THE SUSPECT HAVE SAID THAT IT WAS A CASE OF AN ACCIDENT. BUT LOOKING AT THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE INCIDENT, THE ACCIDENT CLAIM IS UNTENABLE” THE SOURCE SAID.