by ‘Jola Sotubo
A domestic dispute between a wife and her husband has resulted in the death of the latter in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
Patrick Ogu, 35, was allegedly stabbed to death by his 16-year-old wife and mother of his two children, Ebere while he was giving her a beating.
The incident occurred at the couple’s residence at No.70, Ijapo extension residence in Akure at about 5a.m on Thursday morning. Ebere has since fled and is on the run with her two children.
A co-tenant, who gave his name as Kelechi, said: “Ebere and Patrick frequently engage in fights but on Thursday, October 17, at 5a.m., the couple began to fight.
“Most times they engage in such fights, I go there to settle it. But on this fateful morning, when I got into their room I saw Ebere holding a knife against her husband so I pleaded with her to drop the knife and pleaded with Patrick not to beat his wife.
“At the first attempt I succeeded in separating them. So Ebere dropped the knife. But as soon as Patrick saw that his wife had dropped the knife, he seized the opportunity to pounce on her and gave her another beating.
“I told Patrick to stop, but I noticed that when he tried to move away he slumped and that was when I screamed for help and called other members of the house.
“When we entered the apartment we realised that Patrick was already on the floor. So people began to urge Ebere to lift her husband up. She eventually did and we saw that the father of two was already bleeding.
“We were all shocked and most of the people took to their heels. Ebere escaped with her two kids to an unknown destination.”
Police image-maker, Wole Ogodo, confirmed the ugly incident.
Ogodo said: “One Mr. Tuyi, who is the landlord of the house the couple lived in, reported the incident to the Police Station on Thursday 17, at 6.45a.m.
Ogodo said that policemen are searching for the suspected killer, while the corpse of the deceased had been deposited at the Akure State Specialist Hospital morgue for autopsy.