NIGERIA: Taxi Driver Stabs Wife to Death, Commits Suicide

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 A 47-year-old taxi driver, Jimoh Lateef,  Friday evening, committed suicide by hanging himself after stabbing his  ex-wife, Amudat Oluwafunmilayo,  to death two weeks after they were divorced by a court in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The ex-couple were said to have been married for about 10 years and the marriage was blessed with five children before the relationship got sour recently.

While Olufumilayo, a trader at Iloro market in Akure and about 45 years of age hailed from Ijara Isin in Kwara State,  Jimoh who was formerly a baker hailed from Osogbo, Osun State.

THISDAY gathered that constant battering and threats by Jimoh to kill the woman resulted in the legal action which finally led to a divorce two weeks ago.

After they were divorced, the court ordered that court officials should accompany the woman to pack her belongings from her former husband’s home.

However, when the woman got home, her ex-husband begged her against the action and both of them became emotional which made the woman to pick only two of her dresses and left the house immediately.

The relationship between the two ex-lovebirds ended finally on Friday when one of the children of the deceased returned from school and met his mother in the pool of her own blood while his father was dangling from the ceiling of the roof of the house.

The alarm raised by the boy caused pandemonium in the entire Omoniyi quarters along Agbogbo area, off Akure-Owo- expressway, as many residents were attracted to the scene. The chairman of the landlord association of Omoniyi quarters, Mr. Ojo Oluwatayo,  reported the case to Divisional Police station in Ijapo area of Akure.

The report made the Divisional Police Officer ( DPO),  Jane Mbanefo,   to move into action with his men.

Mbanefo said the lives of the ex-couple would have been saved if the neighbours had called the police when they heard the man and the woman quarrelling.

She therefore urged the public to assist the police by reporting such cases to assist the police in discharging their duties promptly.

However, when the remains of the deceased were brought to the police station, the DPO said there was no case as the family of the late husband had pleaded that the bodies should be taken for burial according to Islamic injunction.

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