Wednesday, 15 July 2015

I poisoned my husband because I hated him ─ Beninoise woman

Seventeen-year-old Beninoise woman, Abiodun
Ojo, who killed her husband, Jimoh, in the
Makoko area of Yaba, Lagos State, has said she
poisoned her husband because she hated him.
Abiodun, during an interview with us ,
blamed her father for forcing her to marry Jimoh,
who she said never took care of her.
She said she had run away from the deceased
three times, and was sent back by her father,
who she described as the architect of her
We had reported that Abiodun had
been handed over to Jimoh as wife by her father
to stop her from marrying her boyfriend.
She was said to have given birth to a baby girl,
Hannah, and was living with the victim in their
home on Apolo Street, Makoko.
However, she was said to have met her former
boyfriend’s elder brother, Wensu, who allegedly
gave her the poison to put in Jimoh’s drink so
she could marry his younger brother.
Our correspondent reported that Jimoh, a
carpenter, who was retarded, had returned home
from work on June 19, 2015 when his wife
poured the poison into his soft drink and forced
him to drink it.
The deceased was said to have collapsed and
died despite spirited efforts by residents to
resuscitate him.
Abiodun, who initially denied involvement in the
crime, later confessed to community leaders,
saying she was given the poison by her former
boyfriend’s elder brother, Wensu.
The two suspects were said to have been
arrested by policemen from the Adekunle Police
Division and were subsequently transferred to
the State Department of Criminal Investigation.
Abiodun said she never knew the poison would
kill Jimoh.
She said, “I was born in Lagos, though I am from
Cotonou, Benin Republic. My father married two
wives and he had nine children. My mother had
six children for him and I am number four. I did
not go to school because my father did not allow
“I had a boyfriend, Papa, whom I dated for two
years. I wanted to marry him, but my father
refused because my elder sister was married to
Papa’s brother.
“I was at home one day when my father brought
some people and said I should look at all of
them and say if I liked them, and I said yes. He
then asked me to go. It was the next day that
they took me to Jimoh.”
She said she was taken to a community in Ogun
State, where the victim usually came to make
love with her until she became pregnant.
She said when she returned to Lagos, she was
not well treated by the deceased and she
complained to her family members, who asked
her to endure the hardship.
“On three different occasions, I ran away from
home. But whenever I got home, my father would
ask me to go back, saying marriage was always
full of challenges.
“On the fateful day, I went to the market to buy
fish for my sister-in-law when I saw Wensu on
the road. He gave me the poison and said I
should put it in my husband’s drink. I put it in
his drink and he took it himself,” she added.
She said she regretted marrying the deceased
because she never loved him.
It was learnt that the boyfriend, Papa, had
travelled back to the Benin Republic.
His elder brother, Wensu, a herbalist, denied
giving Abiodun the poison, saying she framed
him up.
He said, “I am a herbalist by profession and I
was taught the job by my grandfather in the
Benin Republic when I was a child. I met her
sister in the community and we married legally.
She had three kids for me.
“But when I married another woman, she
divorced me and married somebody else. I did
not give her any poison and I have never met her
husband, Jimoh, in my entire life. She is lying.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, Kenneth
Nwosu, said the suspects would soon be
charged to court.

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