…Bathes him with acid after food poisoning failed
From LAYI OLANREWAJU, Ilorin
Military authorities in Ilorin, Kwara State capital have arrested a middle-aged housewife (name withheld) who allegedly killed her soldier- husband for yet unknown reasons. The incident occurred last week, according to reliable sources at the 22 Armoured Brigade, Sobi, Ilorin, catching many residents of the Block 55 home of the deceased by surprise. The sources confirmed that the case had been transferred to the police command following the death of the soldier.
The woman was alleged to have bathed her husband with acid at about 10.00p.m, few weeks after she had allegedly attempted to terminate his life through food poisoning. Indeed, the man had just returned from the military hospital where he received treatment for food poisoning before the latest incident that led to his death.
The deceased, identified simply as Sergeant Kayode, a native of Ilofa in Oke-Ero Local Government Area of Kwara State, while the wife hailed from a community in Kaduna State. They had two children from their union. The deceased, believed to have been in his 40s, was working with the Supply and Transport Corps of the Brigade before his untimely death.
A source at the barracks said authorities were taken aback by the dastardly act given the fact that the deceased was not known to be a violent man while alive. Investigators were told that neighbours of the deceased had raised the alarm following a wild scream from his room and upon entering found that he had been bathed with acid from head down to toe.
Although the woman was said to have denied involvement, investigators were said to have discovered a bottle containing the substance believed to be the leftover of the acid used in the operation. She reportedly told investigators that she did not know anything about the acid claiming even that on the night in question, she had performed her conjugal duties to her husband.
But she was said to have told investigators that the door to their room was locked from behind during the incident prompting neighbours to point the finger to her as the first suspect before they even found the bottle in the room. “Yes, the military set up a board of inquiry into the matter and it was after the investigation that the case was transferred to the police,” said the source who preferred anonymity because he had no authorisation to speak with the media on the issue.
He added that several senior officers who were familiar with the fact that the man had just been treated for food poisoning were touched by the turn of event.