A 21-year-old young man, identified as Salami Anedu, has been taken into custody by the police in Edo State over allegations that he killed his wife, Esther Friday, aged 21, over a misunderstanding caused by food rationing.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, the suspect was paraded by the command alongside other suspects arrested for various crimes in the state.
The police image maker added that the alleged killer of his wife was apprehended by men from the Fugar Police Division on August 30.
Furthermore, SP Nwabuzor disclosed that Anedu used a stick to kill his wife during a misunderstanding at their house in the Ugbekpe community, as reported by one Aluaye Momoh.
The corpse has been deposited to the Fugar General Hospital mortuary and the suspected killer has been arrested and detained by the police, the PPRO stated.
The Police spokesman further stated that the case had been transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Benin, for investigation.
In an interview with journalists, the suspect, while denying killing his wife, said he had a quarrel with her over food.
He said, “She cooked rice and said I should not eat from the food. I went to cook yam and egg on my own, but she said I could not eat the food. As I was still eating the food, she started quarreling with me and threatened to bring her brothers to my house to beat me up.
“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 vigilantes 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 brothers 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.”