A married man, Segun Oluwole, is cooling his heels in police custody after the death of his lover’s father on Olaoluwa Street, Oluwo, in the Ope Ilu area of Ogun State.
The victim, Alhaji Mukaila Afolabi, who was hypertensive, gave up the ghost after a clash with Oluwole over a fetish concoction.
It was learnt that Oluwole and his girlfriend, Nafisat, struck an amorous relationship about a year ago.
The relationship, however, started withering because of the alleged constant beating the suspect subjected his lover to.
The matter took a turn for the worse on Sunday when Nafisat, a tailor, saw a small pot of fetish concoction in front of her shop on Olaoluwa Street.
She was said to have alerted her father and brother to the concoction and they accused Oluwole of the act.
As the suspect was driving by in his car, Afolabi allegedly flagged him down and asked him to disembark to remove the concoction.
One of the deceased’s children, who did not want his name in print, told PUNCH Metro that the suspect ignored Afolabi, adding that he had tried to zoom off when the father attempted to enter from the passenger’s side of his car.
“My father was still halfway into the car when he zoomed off, taking my father – who hanged halfway in and halfway out– with him. I took a motorcycle and traced them to the Jafar area, where he stopped. By that time, my father was already breathing heavily as a result of the danger he had exposed him to. He was hypertensive.
“Eventually, the man (Oluwole) returned to the shop with my father and removed the fetish concoction. We wanted to beat him up, but my father cautioned us. He suddenly slumped and went into a coma. We rushed him to a hospital where a doctor told us that the trouble he experienced had worsened his health condition. He did not survive it,” he said.
It was learnt that the case was reported at the Agbado Police Division, and a police team, led by the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Sunday Omonijo, arrested the suspect.
However, 46-year-old Oluwole, in a chat, denied placing the fetish concoction at the shop, saying he removed it to let peace reign.
The native of Abeokuta, Ogun State, who also denied having a hand in the death, said the disagreement between him and Nafisat had been resolved before the incident.