A Beninoise teenager, 19-year-old Abiodun Ojo, who killed her husband, Jimoh, in the Makoko area of Yaba, Lagos State, said she poisoned her husband because she hated him.
Abiodun, during her interview blamed
her father for forcing her to marry
Jimoh, who she said never took care of
She said she had run away from the
deceased 3 times, and was sent back by
her father, who she described as the
architect of her problem.
Abiodun had been handed over to Jimoh
as wife by her father to stop her from
marrying her boyfriend.
She was said to have given birth to a baby
girl, Hannah, and was living with the
victim in their home on Apolo Street,
However, she was said to have met her
former boyfriend’s elder brother,
Wensu, who allegedly gave her the poison
to put in Jimoh’s drink so she could
marry his younger brother.
It was reported that Jimoh, a carpenter,
had returned home from work on June
19, 2015 when his wife poured the poison
into his soft drink and forced him to
The deceased was said to have collapsed
and died despite immediate efforts by
residents to resuscitate him.
Abiodun, who initially denied
involvement in the crime, later
confessed to community leaders, saying
she was given the poison by her former
boyfriend’s elder brother, Wensu.
The 2 suspects were said to have been
arrested by policemen from the
Adekunle Police Division and were
subsequently transferred to the State
Department of Criminal Investigation.
Abiodun said she never knew the poison
would kill Jimoh.
“I was born in Lagos, though I
am from Cotonou, Benin
Republic. My father married 2
wives and he had 9 children.
My mother had 6 children for
him and I am number 4. I did
not go to school because my
father did not allow me.
“I had a boyfriend, Papa,
whom I dated for 2 years. I
wanted to marry him, but my
father refused because my
elder sister was married to
“I was at home one day when
my father brought some
people and said I should look
at all of them and say if I liked
them, and I said yes. He then
asked me to go. It was the
next day that they took me to
She said she was taken to a community in
Ogun State, where the victim usually
came to make love with her until she
She said when she returned to Lagos, she
was not well treated by the deceased and
she complained to her family members,
who asked her to endure the hardship.
“On 3 different occasions, I
ran away from home. But
whenever I got home, my
father would ask me to go
back, saying marriage was
always full of challenges.
“On the fateful day, I went to
the market to buy fish for my
sister-in-law when I saw
Wensu on the road. He gave
me the poison and said I
should put it in my husband’s
drink. I put it in his drink and
he took it himself,” she added.
She said she regretted marrying the
deceased because she never loved him.
It was learnt that the boyfriend, Papa,
had travelled back to the Benin Republic.
His elder brother, Wensu, a herbalist,
denied giving Abiodun the poison, saying
she framed him up.
“I am a herbalist by profession
and I was taught the job by my
grandfather in the Benin
Republic when I was a child. I
met her sister in the
community and we married
legally. She had three kids for
“But when I married another
woman, she divorced me and
married somebody else. I did
not give her any poison and I
have never met her husband,
Jimoh, in my entire life. She is
The Police Public Relations Officer,
Kenneth Nwosu, said the suspects would
soon be charged to court.