Taibu Ogunbanjo, a community leader, known as Baale, in Ise Town, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos State has been arrested by the police for crushing his wife to death with his SUV during a fight.
The community leader who owns a block-molding factory in the area, has been having frequent fights with his wife, Rotimi since they got married three years ago.
Matters got to a head Last Thursday after Rotimi went to her husband’s factory and damaged blocks at the premises after a fight with him but as she was leaving the premises, her husband got into his Toyota Highlander and drove into her. She reportedly died instantly.
“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,” a community leader, who identified himself simply as Akinsipe told the Punch.
A police source said that the suspect’s family told the police that the death resulted from an accident.
“The baale and the woman got married three years ago without a child and they had been having disagreements. On that particular day, she destroyed some blocks at the industry. The man became angry and as he was driving out, he crushed her with his vehicle on the factory premises.
“The relations of the suspect have said that it was a case of an accident. But looking at the circumstances surrounding the incident, the accident claim is untenable.
“He could not have lost control of the vehicle on the premises as a result of speeding. There is a limit to the speed the car can go on the premises.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, who confirmed Rotimi’s death, said the matter is being investigated to uncover the motive behind the baale’s action.
“We are investigating the matter to find out what transpired between the man and his wife before the incident happened. They were having family issues, which led the woman to the block industry to destroy things.
“We want to know whether what the man did was a reaction to what his wife did. We believe there is more to the ‘accident’ than meets the eye because there was an altercation between them before the incident occurred.”
He said the case has been transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.