by Zara Mustapha
A 23-year-old woman, Blessing Ede who is carrying a 6-month-old pregnancy may soon be charged for murder. The woman is currently in police detention after her brother and his friends allegedly stabbed her husband, during an argument over a baby-walker.
According to reports, the trouble started on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013 when the deceased Isaac Ede sent his wife Blessing, to her parents in Uvuru, Imo State with the clear instruction that she should remain there and wait for his message on when to return to Port Harcourt.
Isaac’s decision to send the wife to her village began after the couple had a heated argument.
Daily Sun reports:
For over three months, as Sunday Sun learnt from the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin, Blessing, who is six months pregnant with the second child of the couple remained with her parents until April 14, 2014, when Isaac spoke with her on the phone and told her to come back to Port Harcourt to pack her belongings out of his house.
On May 15, 2014, she bowed to her husband’s wish and came with her younger brother, Emmanuel Anuforo and two of his friends, who were to assist her in moving her belongings out the Isaac’s house.
According to the Police Commissioner, the trio of Anuforo and his two friends, like people with an ungodly agenda, stormed the deceased’s home around 11.00pm.
“When they approached the house, they raised the volume of the music being played inside the car they came with to disturb the neighbourhood,” Ogunsakin said.
He added: “Isaac opened the door for them. The wife started to pack her belongings. At a point, she wanted to take along the baby-walker. An argument ensued between the couple. In the heat of the argument, the wife’s younger brother, Emmanuel and his two friends attacked the husband and stabbed him in the stomach with a sharp broken bottle and he died.”
Probably alarmed by the hideous act, Emmanuel and his friends bolted from the scene, abandoning Blessing, who was promptly arrested by policemen from the State Criminal Investigation Department of the Rivers State Police Command as neighbours raised the alarm.
At the headquarters of the police command, where she is being held for interrogation, Blessing acknowledged to Sunday Sun in an interview that really she had had a quarrel with her late husband and said: “I had a misunderstanding with my husband and he said I should go to my village to see my parents in Imo State. He told me that until he called me to come to Port Harcourt I should not leave the village. I expected his call until April 2014 but I didn’t hear from him until May 2014 and I returned to Port Harcourt. I called my younger brother, Emmanuel and his two friends to assist me to pack my things. As we were packing my things, my husband said that I should not take the baby-walker. An argument started between us. Then my younger brother and his friends took broken bottle and stabbed my husband and he died in the process.”
Continuing, Blessing said: “I didn’t send my brother Emmanuel and his two friends to kill my husband. It was the devil. We have been married for two years. I have one child for him and right now I am six months pregnant. I cannot explain what led to the death of my husband. It was impatience that led to it. I want the family of my husband to forgive me for what I have done. With my six months pregnancy I will suffer if I am sent to prison for murder.”
Given further insight to the soured state of the marriage of Isaac and Blessing based on the findings of detectives investigating the matter, Ogunsakin described the wife as a troublemaker.
His words: “She is stubborn; it was what prompted the husband to send her to her parents house in the village in Imo State. We learnt that whenever she and her husband had misunderstanding he would sleep inside his car instead of beating her.
Elder brother of the deceased, Kenneth Ede who is naturally traumatized by Isaac’s death has asked the police to hasten their investigation and charge Blessing to court. While the deceased’s family waits for the day Blessing would appear in court, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State CID, Mr. Abbey Agyole disclosed that Emmanuel and his two friends remain at large.