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Man in Edo arrested for allegedly beating wife to death over food dispute


Man in Edo arrested for allegedly beating wife to death over food dispute

In Edo State, the police have apprehended a 21-year-old man named Salami Anedu on suspicion of murdering his wife during a heated argument over a meal.

The suspect was presented to the public alongside other individuals arrested for their alleged involvement in various crimes within the state.

According to SP Chidi Nwabuzor, the spokesperson for the police command, the suspect was taken into custody on August 30th by the Fugar division of the state police command.

It all began when Aluaye Momoh reported to the police on August 29th that a 21-year-old named Salami Anedu had used a wooden stick to fatally injure his wife, Esther Friday, also 21, during a dispute over family matters in their residence in Ugbekpe Community, Edo State.

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Nwabuzor explained that during their altercation, the suspect struck his wife with a wooden object, leading to her tragic demise.

The police swiftly responded to the distress call, arresting the suspect and transferring the deceased’s body to the mortuary at Fugar General Hospital.

Subsequently, the case was forwarded to the homicide section of the state’s criminal investigation department in Benin for a thorough investigation.

In an interview with journalists, the suspect said he had a quarrel with his wife for not giving him food after cooking.

He said: “She cook rice and she said I shouldn’t eat from the food. I went to cook yam and egg on my own, she said I can’t eat the food. As I was eating the food, she started quarrelling with me and threatened to bring her brother to my house and beat me up. She left.

“I thought she was joking but she came back with two of her brothers who were armed with sticks and they started fighting me. After the fight, my wife went to my mother’s house to pass the night but I was surprised when vigilante came to arrest me that I killed my wife.

“I didn’t kill my wife. I didn’t hit her with wood. It was her brother that came to my house with wood but because I dragged with them, they said I was the one that killed her. My wife was sick before.”

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