Herder in police net for ‘beheading’ wife in Ekiti

The police in Ekiti have confirmed the alleged beheading of a lady in
Ilasa Ekiti, Ekiti East local government area of the state Wednesday,
by a herdsman believed to be the deceased’s husband.
Police spokesman in the state, Caleb Ikechukwu, who confirmed the
killing, said the suspect had been arrested while investigations into
the incident had commenced.


Tragedy struck as the young herdsman (name withheld) allegedly cut off
the head of the lady at a stream side in Ilasa Ekiti.
The victim, who is also of the same ethnic group with the suspected
assailant, was allegedly attacked beside the stream where she had gone
to fetch water with her younger sister.
The young man was said to have ambushed her and brought down her head
while she bent to collect some water from the stream, and took to his
heals immediately.


He was arrested following the information provided by the younger
sister of the deceased who witnessed the incident.
The victim was said to have been betrothed to the herdsman while she
was a teenager, in line with their customs and tradition.
Trouble started last month when the suspect requested the lady to
spend the Eld-el-Fitr holiday with him, but the family of the deceased
failed to release her.


The lady was said to have observed that the suspect was a drunkard and
drug addict and had avoided him for necessary marriage arrangements.
The suspect, was angered, having assumed that the family of the
deceased had breached the marriage contract.


Some relatives of the deceased who did not want their names mentioned
expressed sadness over the incident.
The traditional ruler of the community, Oba Ajayi Omolagba, condemned
the incident and said the community had been in shock since the
strange occurrence.


The Alasa of Ilasa said the town had summoned the two families as well
as their landlords to a meeting where resolutions were reached on how
to forestall future occurrence.
Oba Omolagba noted that the community would also make necessary
appeasement to god as such incident was strange and a taboo in the
land. (NAN)

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