A landlord identified as Omolaja Sodipo, in Igbo Olomu community, in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State, allegedly stabbed his wife, Titilayo, to death on Monday, and fled the scene. According to Punch Metro, local residents of the area, sympathisers, friends and family members of the mother of four, trooped to their bungalow where Titilayo laid in a pool of blood.
Community leaders reportedly alerted policemen from the Owutu division, who removed the corpse and deposited it in a mortuary. It was gathered that the couple had been married for over seven years, and their relationship was said to be fraught with disagreements, which usually resulted in domestic violence.
While speaking to a correspondent, a resident who did not want to be identified, said the disagreements always bordered on the welfare of their four children. He said, “They came into this community some years ago after building their house. The man, who was formerly dealing in telephone accessories, had been jobless for some time. His wife worked with a private school after giving birth to their fourth child two years ago.“But they were always at loggerheads, which led to the man beating up the wife.
The man is short-tempered and it appeared the frustration of his joblessness also got into him. We always heard their voices anytime they were quarrelling. “Last night, we heard them fighting again. In the morning, we discovered that the woman had been stabbed in different parts of her body. She was lying lifeless in a pool of blood.”
Also speaking to a reporter, a community leader, said the victim’s mother lamented that her daughter had been complaining that her husband was always beating her. A female resident, who did not want to be identified, said that she sighted the suspect walking away from the house around 8am.
A member of the Women Arise for Change Initiative, Obatungashe Adebayo, who spoke for the President, Dr Joe Oke-Odumakin, called for justice for the deceased, urging women in violent relationship to quit before it was too late. He said,“This is the reason we have been campaigning against gender-based violence. It is becoming rampant. Marriage is not by force. It is certain that before this incident happened, the woman must have been seeing signs that the man could take her life. If you are engaged in a relationship that threatens your life, you should quit.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, said,“We are still searching for the man. The woman’s corpse has been deposited in a morgue for autopsy.”