By Simon Ebegbulem
Benin City – Pandemonium struck last week Friday in Benin City , when a 50 year-old man, Mr Sunday Umorea, an indigene of Akwa Ibom state, murderedÂ his 46 year-old wife, Janet for receivingÂ Â a call at nightÂ from her lover.
TheÂ incident which occurred at 2nd Federal Road, Uselu, Benin City, shocked residents of the area who made efforts to broker peace between the man and theÂ deceased when the quarrel between the duo heightened.
The couple, said to be married for sixteen years started having marital problems when Sunday discovered that the wife was having an extra marital affair with six men.
Saturday Vanguard learnt that he had condoned the his wifeâ€™s amorous relationships with men but could not take it last Friday when the deceased
insisted on going out to see a supposed lover after receiving a phone call.
And before the incident, Sunday was already aware of her relationships with men and even heard that the deceased had concluded plans to dump the marriage for an army officer whom she fell in love with.
However, while the suspect made efforts to stop the deceased from leaving the house that lateÂ Â Janet who also was an indigene of Akwa Ibom, remained defiant and vowed never to go back to the house unless she was allowed to go out. She was said to have vowed that it would be over her dead body to come back to her husbandâ€™s house,that as a matter of fact, the marriage of sixteen years was over, just as she admonished Sunday to take care of the children.
Consequently, Sunday, who was already furious at this point, went inside the house for a cutlass and beheaded the wife.
Neighbors who made futile effort to settle the matter that night were shocked with the gory view. They rushed the dismembered body to the Benin Central hospital, hoping that a miracle will happen, but they were told at the hospital to move the body to the mortuary as Janet died immediately after the cut by her husband. Sunday volunteered himself to the police and declared
his readiness to face the consequences. He is presently cooling off at Edo state police Command.
The police Public Relation Officer, ASP Peter Ogboi who assisted Saturday Vanguard in providing the suspect for this interview, condemned the act, saying that it was inexcusable for a man to hack his wife in that manner, knowing the implication of such action.
He argued that it would have been better for the suspect to divorce the woman rather than committing murder.
He expressed pity for the children that would be left behind due to what he described as avoidable mistake, adding that the police would charge the suspect to court after investigations must have been concluded.
Sunday however narrated the incident to Saturday Vanguard.
Where are you from?
I am from Akwa Ibom state
What about your wife?
She is also from Akwa Ibom too
How old was your wife?
How long have you people been married?
16 years now
WhatÂ led to the incident?
That very day I was at home because I could not go to the work due to my ill health. So after she finished from where she used to roast corn, she came back to the house and I asked her what we would eat that evening.Â Â She did not answer me. I asked her again what we are going to eat that evening; I asked her if she cannot provide food for the children since I was not able to go to work that day.
So I brought out N150 and gave to my children to go and buy bread so that we can eat and sleep. So when they brought the bread, I asked them how they want to eat it. one of my children said they will use tea, another one said pap so I said they should go and find out from their mother how they are going to eat it.
So they went to ask their mother but she did not answer them. So I told them to bring the bread so that I will take my own, I ate the bread and water. The same thing with my children. So at about 11pm , some body called her and I heard her tellÂ the person that she was around and that she will come out to see the person.
So I thought it was one of our neighbors because some times when they return from work very late and we will help them to open the gate. So my wife went out and I was waiting for her, but I did not hear any sound of car that drove in.
So I decided to go outside to look for her with my torch light. So I saw her outside but I did not see any body with her. She went inside and wore her cardigan and said she was going out.
I asked her where she was going that night? She said do I have your eyes that you cannot sleep and leave me alone. I told her that she cannot go any where at this time of the night. She said she was going to the army barrack to see some body. I asked her who the person was but she did not answer me. I now tried to force her back to the house but she was adamant.
She now told me that she has told me before that she is no longer interested in the marriage and that she cannot afford to sleep with me any more. She said I should go and take care of my children that she will soon leave us. So I became very angry and slapped her.
I tried to drag her inside again, she refused and told me that she will never enter our house again that I should do what ever I want to do. So I went inside and brought out cutlass which I used to slap her back with the hope that she will be scared and follow me inside the house.
But she said if I like that I should kill her and that other women who goes to hotels whether they are more beautiful than her. She said that after all husbands use to take their wives to hotels for outings that which day I have ever taken her for outings. And before this incident, she had already told some of her friends that she has six boy friends and out of the six, she said she loved two of them so much.
She said sheÂ planning to take one of the two to their village to show her parents as her new husband, that she was going to leave me. And she was saying this in front of one man Bassey who stays in the compound too. The man was very angry and warned her to stop saying such a thing that it is a taboo.
He told her that is she not aware that such a thing can kill her husband. She said it was not her business that If I want to die let me die and she was tired of me already and that she meant what she was saying. So when she was insisting on going out that night, I remembered all I have been hearing and she confirmed every thing to me. One of her boy friends is a Calabar man that works in one company called Lapo.
The second is an Esan man a tailor. Another one is an Igbo man, a bike rider in UBTH. Then she also had this army man whom I learnt both of them have concluded plans to get married. Basseyâ€™s wife told me and even Bassey himself because she has said it in his present.
So it was all these that ran into my mind that I took the cutlass to kill her because I do not want another man to take her from me. If I had known, it was the soldier I would have killed him with that annoyance and not her.Â It was after I killed her that I realized what I did and I pray God to forgive me my sins.
But before that day, have you ever caught her with any man apart from what people tell you outside?
Yes, in May 2008, I caught her with one man in the farm. But she apologized to me and promised not to do it again. So I thought she has changed but I was disappointed with what I have been hearing and she proved to me that they were all true.
And before she died, she is always receiving calls and each time they call her, she will go outside to receive the call so that I will not hear what she is discussing with her caller. But I have been enduring it because we are married for sixteen years now but it was just too much because of the embarrassment and insults I received from her and other people due to her waywardness.
So how do you feel now killing the mother of your children?
I do not know really. But I know that it is not good to kill some body, may God forgive me. I do not have any body to take care of my children now. My eldest child is just fourteen years while the younger one is just five years. I beg for forgiveness but it was just provocation.
If she had not insisted that she will go out that night to meet her boyfriend, I would not have done this kind of thing. We have been leaving happily all these years before she now met all these men that she dated and she planned to leave me and meet them.
I pray that the world should forgive me. I did what I did out of provocation because I could not imagine another man sleeping with my wife every day while I am still alive. I feel very bad but it was difficult for me to hold myself because what she did to me was a taboo and no man takes such thing lightly. But I am very sorry and I pray God to forgive me.