Another case of forced marriage has ended in pains as the unhappy wife allegedly poisoned her husband to death.
A 17-year-old female Benin Republic national, Kwenume Ojo, is now in the hands of operatives of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly poisoning her husband, Jimoh Ojo, because she preferred her boyfriend.
According to reports, the incident happened in the Makoko area of the state, when Kwenume who was forced into marrying the 32-year-old Ojo, put the poison in a soft drink and forced it down his throat while he slept on the bed.
She reportedly got the poison from a relative of her boyfriend after she was forced to marry Jimoh who was said to have some mental issues which made it impossible for him to get a wife on his own and the marriage of convenience was arranged by both families.
Our correspondent gathered that the 17-year-old suspect took the poison from a relative of her boyfriend after she was forced to marry Jimoh.
A relation of the deceased narrated the incident that led to the murder:
“Jimoh was a carpenter. When he was born, he fell sick and that affected his health as he became retarded.
“hen he became mature, we decided to get him a wife. We started asking around for anybody who could give him a wife.
Kwenume’s father heard and he contacted Jimoh’s family. He gave them Kwenume to become Jimoh’s wife. She had no choice in the matter. The father took that action to prevent her from marrying her boyfriend.”
The reports also added that shortly after the marriage, Kwenume became pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl but it was clear she was not comfortable in the marriage and wanted to be with her boyfriend who she still sneak to meet. It from his elder brother who is an herbalist that she collected the poison with which she snuffed life out of her husband.
After the incidence, the young wife denied culpability but the community elders took Kwenume aside to press her for information on where she got the poison and after a lot of pressure was put on her, she confessed to the crime, adding that she collected the poison from her boyfriend’s brother who lived in the Sogunro, Iwaya area of the state.