A 17-Year-Old wife, forced to marry a 32-Year-Old man has allegedly poisoned him to death just to be with the man she loves.
The young wife, a Beninoise identified as Kwenume Ojo, aka Abiodun, has been arrested by Lagos State Police for allegedly killing her husband, Jimoh Ojo, 32, in Apolo Street, Makoko area of Lagos on Friday.
It was learnt that Kwenume put a poison in her husband’s soft drink and forced it down his throat while he slept on the bed. She is said to have collected the poison from a relative of her boyfriend after she was forced to marry Jimoh.
According to his relatives, late Jimoh was retarded, which made it difficult for him to get a wife and his marriage to Kwenume was arranged by the two families.
“Jimoh, a carpenter, was retarded. When 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 our family. He gave us Kwenume to become Jimoh’s wife. She had no choice in the matter.”
It was gathered that Kwenume’s father took the decision to prevent her from marrying her boyfriend, whom he did not like because of the maltreatment meted to Kwenume’s sister, who was married into the boyfriend’s family.
“She was brought to me and we took her to Jimoh’s hometown in Yewa, Ogun State. He was going there to make love with her. After six months, she became pregnant and we brought her back to Lagos State.
“The couple moved into a new apartment to start a new family. Their apartment was close to my house so I could monitor them. Abiodun (Kwenume) was assisting my wife to sell food at her canteen,” Rotimi, the deceased in-law said.
After giving birth to a baby girl, named Hannah, the suspect began visiting her ex boyfriend again.
She was said to have met his elder brother, Wensu, a herbalist, who allegedly gave her the poison to put in her hubby’s drink so she could marry the unidentified boyfriend.
Jimoh’s elder sister, Modupe Akinlagun, said the victim had returned from work on the fateful Friday and visited her shop to get food.
“He dished the food himself and ate. After eating, I asked him to go home and rest. When his wife returned from an errand I sent her, I asked her to also return home with her baby.
“I was still there when his wife came to call me that he had slumped in the toilet.
“When we got there, people had surrounded him and were pouring palm oil into his mouth. He was vomiting the oil and a white substance. He kept saying, ‘Iya Hannah has killed me, she opened my mouth and poured drug inside.’
“Iya Hannah (Kwenume) denied Jimoh’s accusation, but he insisted that she forced the poison down his throat,” She said.
Another relative explained that Kwenume put the poison in a bottle of drink that the victim had brought home to share with her.
He said, “They usually shared their food and drinks together. After he finished eating at the canteen that day, he bought a bottle of drink and drank half. He took the remaining home to share with his wife.
“It was when she returned that she put the poison in the drink. She then forced it down his throat.”
Modupe’s husband, Rotimi said Jimoh died around 11.30pm on Friday.
After much pressure from Community elders, Kwenume 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.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident, adding that it had been transferred to the Department of Criminal Investigation.
He said, “The woman and her accomplice (the boyfriend’s brother) are in custody. The case has been transferred to the DCI for investigation.”