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Lagos Baale Crushes Wife To Death With Jeep

Afeez Hanafi

A traditional ruler in Ise Town , Ibeju Lekki, Lagos State, Taibu Ogunbanjo , is currently cooling his heels in police custody for allegedly crushing his wife to death .

The baale runs a block -moulding factory at Folu , a community in Ibeju Lekki.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Taibu and his wife , Rotimi Ogunbanjo , got married three years ago, but the marriage had been fraught with misunderstanding and fights .

On Thursday , December 7 , 2017 , the couple reportedly had a disagreement . After the altercation, Rotimi was said to have gone to the baale ’ s factory and damaged some blocks on the premises .

Taibu reportedly entered his Toyota Highlander , and was driving out of the premises in anger when he knocked down his wife .

A community leader, who identified himself simply as Akinsipe, said the wife died on the spot, adding that the corpse had been deposited at the Epe General Hospital.

He 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 stated that the matter was reported at the Akodo Police Station , adding that the baale had been arrested.

A police source told our correspondent that the suspect’ s family reported at the police station that the death resulted from an accident .

The source said , “ 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 . ”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer , SP Chike Oti , who confirmed Rotimi’ s death , 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 occured. ”

The PPRO added that the case had been transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department , Yaba .