9 May 2016
The social media sphere in Nigeria has been buzzing since last week with the story of a suspected domestic violence case involving a man identified as Mr. Lekan Shonde and his deceased wife, Ronke Bewaji Shonde of Tiemo Close, Off Awori Street, in the Egbeda-Idimu area of Lagos state.
Early Friday morning, the victim, Ronke, was found dead in her home after neighbours broke into the apartment when the nanny arrived and received no answer from inside the apartment even though the couple’s children, a boy and a girl aged six and four respectively could be heard crying inside.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos Command, Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed the incident to journalists on Saturday, stated that there were “marks of violence” found on Ronke, suggesting that she was physically abused. Neighbours who broke into the house also reported that she was bleeding from a head injury while blood marks on the wall suggested that there was a struggle.
Badmos added that the matter had been transferred to the Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba while the command had launched a manhunt for the husband who is currently on the run following the incident, taking along his wife’s phone as well as the keys to the house after locking the children in with their dead mother, leaving them to discover her lifeless body when they woke up the next day.
Some of the couple’s neighbours as well as family members reportedly had knowledge of the existence of physical abuse in the marriage. A neighbour who spoke to journalists on the condition of anonymity said that, “it is a very unfortunate incident. The man had serially abused and assaulted his wife until the Thursday attack led to her death. He would tie her, beat her and take her mobile phones away. She should have left him long ago.” The neighbour added that, “the husband is much older than the wife; the woman was in her 30s while the man should be in his 50s.”
A Punch newspaper correspondent who managed to reach Mr. Shonde via the phone number provided by the victim’s sister who he had contacted after he fled, reported that he has no plan to come out of hiding, claiming that, “I am a Lagos boy and I can be in this Lagos for the next 30 years and nobody would see me.”
The man has reportedly been in contact with the victim’s sister in a bid to meet with her and see his children because according to her they “might never see him again”.
Activist, Mrs. Joe Odumakin has paid a condolence visit to the family of the victim and pledged that her group, Women Arise for Change Initiative will follow the case till the end.
Author: Aderonke Adeleke
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