Police in Lagos State have arrested a traditional ruler in Ise Town, Ibeju Lekki, Taibu Ogunbanjo after allegedly crushing his wife to death with his jeep.
According to Punch, the baale runs a block-moulding factory at Folu, a community in Ibeju Lekki and had had married his wife, Rotimi Ogunbanjo three years ago, but the marriage had been fraught with misunderstanding and fights.
However, things took a whole different shape 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 crushed his wife with the car.
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.”
The matter was reported at the Akodo Police Station leading to his arrest by the police.
A police source revealed that the suspect’s family reported at the police station that the death resulted from an accident.