A man who is in the police net for allegedly murdering his wife said she committed suicide after he caught her cheating
Seun Alabi, a 33-year-old suspect in the murder of his 27-year-old wife, Bose, has told operatives of the homicide unit of Lagos State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Yaba, that contrary to the allegation that he killed his wife, that she actually committed suicide after he caught her sleeping with another man.
Alabi who has been married to the Togolese born deceased for over seven years with three children, explained that Bose drank some poisonous substance when he confronted her over allegations of extra-marital affairs.
Alabi who works as a tiler, said he used his wife’s phone to call a colleague before leaving for work.
Not knowing that her husband had used the phone to make a call, she called the same number afterwards thinking it was her secret lover and told the man that they should meet at her friend's place.
The surprised man later told the Alabi of his wife's request and when he got home, Alabi confronted his wife with the allegation.
She denied initially but later admitted to engaging in extra-marital affair.
This is how Alabi narrated the cause of the suicide:
"I threatened to report her to her family members, so she confessed and pleaded for forgiveness.
I was surprised and could not imagine that she could cheat on me after seven years of marriage.
I was angry and slept on the three-seater. It was her legs that were hitting me, that woke me from sleep and I saw her in severe pains. I then saw an empty bottle of sniper insecticide on the table.
I raised alarm and neighbours rushed inside to help. One of them brought palm oil, which I gave to her.
But when we realized that it was more than we can handle, we rushed her to the hospital. On our way to Ogba General Hospital, she died."
But a relative of the deceased is not having any of Alabi's explanation, believing that he has a hand in the death of the victim because he did not pay her dowry and has been living with her illegally for years and bearing children with her.
But Alabi countered that:
"I could not pay my wife’s bride price because my wife’s family asked for about a million naira, which I could not raise.
My wife took poison after a misunderstanding over her infidelity. I did not kill her."