Taibu Ogunbanjo, a traditional ruler in Ise Town, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos state, has been arrested by the police for allegedly crushing his wife to death.
The Baale, who got married to his wife, Rotimi Ogunbanjo, runs a block-moulding factory at Folu, a community in Ibeju Lekki.
According to Punch, their marriage has been marred by misunderstanding, grudges and fights.
It was reported that, on Thursday, December 7, the couple had a disagreement which led to Rotimi going to her husband factory to destroy some blocks.
With anger, Taibu reportedly entered his Toyota Highlander and was driving out of the factory when he knocked down his wife.
The wife died on the spot and had been deposited at the Epe General Hospital, a community leader, Akinsipe said.
Reporting the incident, Akinsipe said:
“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 further stated that the matter has been reported a the Akodo Police Station, adding that the Baale had been arrested.
According to a police source:
“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.
“He could not have lost control of the vehicle on the premises as a result of speeding. There is a limit to the speed the car can go on the premises.”
SP Chike Oti, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, confirms the incident and said the command would investigate the matter to unravel the motive behind the Baale’s action.
He said: “We are investigating the matter to find out what transpired between the man and his wife before the incident happened. They were having family issues, which led the woman to the block industry to destroy things.
“We want to know whether what the man did was a reaction to what his wife did. We believe there is more to the ‘accident’ than meets the eye because there was an altercation between them before the incident occurred.”
He also said that the case has been transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.
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