The husband of the woman who was killed by ritualists in Ogun State, Wajud Akanbi, 36, has narrated how he reacted when he encountered the men after they were arrested by the Police.
In a report by the Nation, the man opened up when he was contacted at this his sparsely furnished residence in the Giwa Oke Aro, Ifo Local Government Area, Ogun State.
”My wife (Abosede) was 32 years old. She told me she wanted visit her mother. I never knew she would be visiting the said ritualist who connived with others to terminate her life cruelly. Look at my children. They will not see their mother again. I want justice.”
“I was thinking that she would appear to me; I would be awake all through the night thinking that she would return home, not knowing that she had been killed for rituals. I didn’t see my wife’s body because she was mutilated and dismembered. The sleeplessness I suffered was so much that I wouldn’t be able to sleep until 4 am, everyday, hoping to see my wife again. By 4.30 am, I would have to wake up to prepare our four children for school.
”When she disappeared without a trace, I informed her father and he told me that she would be found within five days. Somehow, it was just two days after I spoke with his father that the police confirmed that she had been killed and that some of her killers had been apprehended.
”The commander of Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team(IRT), in Ogun State and his boss, Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police(DCP), invited me to the Sango-Ota Police Station, Ogun State, where the suspects were detained.
”I went to the station with my children. I was made to confront the suspects. They shook their heads in pity when they saw me and my little children. At a point, guilt so overwhelmed them that they could no longer bear to look at me. It was a very sad but dramatic moment. They lowered their heads and looked away, guilt written all over them. But one of the policemen forced them to look at me and my children to see the havoc they had done to us by killing my wife.”
Akanbi, a commercial motorcyclist, appealed to the public for financial help to take care of his children. He said: “Her death has turned me into an overnight widower with four children to cater for. I am an ordinary okada man with a meager income; hence, I am calling for financial support from kind-hearted Nigerians.
”I am from Ogun State and these are my children. This is my first son(pointing to the direction of his kids); he is 12 years old and in JSS2. This one is seven years old and in primary four; this one is five years and in primary two. The last one is three years old and presently in kindergarten two class”.
Abosede’s mother, Mrs Alice Adeyemi, who fought tears while bemoaning the cruel murder of her daughter, said: “She told me she was going to work. I did not know that she had fallen into the hands of ritualists. I called my daughter the third day and she did not pick my calls. I became worried. Her husband(Akanbi), my husband Adeyemi(Abosede’s father) and I started looking for her. We couldn’t find her until IRT operatives intervened and the killers of my daughter were arrested.”