A traditional ruler in Ise Town, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos State , Taibu Ogunbanjo, is currently cooling his heels in police custody for allegedly crushing his wife to death .
The baale runs a block -moulding factory at Folu , a community in Ibeju Lekki.
We learnt that Taibu and his wife, Rotimi Ogunbanjo, got married three years ago , but the marriage had been fraught with misunderstanding and fights .
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 knocked down his wife .
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.”
Akinsipe stated that the matter was reported at the Akodo Police Station , adding that the baale had been arrested .
A police source told our correspondent that the suspect ’s family reported at the police station that the death resulted from an accident.
The source said , “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 command would investigate the matter to unravel the motive behind the baale ’s action .
He said , “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 occured . ”
The PPRO added that the case had been transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba .