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Husband batters wife to death over N2000 loan in Edo


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A husband in Delta State has beaten his wife to death for allegedly refusing to grant him N2000 loan.

The incident happened at No. 1, Agbontaen Street beside Ebvareke Secondary School, off Agboniro Street, Uselu, Benin, the Edo State capital.

The son said the alleged killer-husband was working for a waste disposal company in Benin.

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He alleged his father beats up his mother the slightest provocation over trivial matters.

He said the father called their mother on phone to demand N2, 000 loan and started beating the deceased as he returned home around 9 pm when the money was not quickly given to him.

Augustine said, “I tried to give my mother paracetamol and drinking water after the initial beating but my father threw them away.

“She then went to bathe after which she lied down outside to rest a little before coming inside to sleep but my father locked us inside the room and resumed the beating of my weak mother outside.

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“Neighbours later helped us (the three children) to open the door, only to see our dead mother on the ground. She was then rushed to two different hospitals in the neighbourhood where she was confirmed dead.”

The corpse of the businesswoman was deposited in a morgue in Benin by policemen, thereafter.

Edo Police Public Relations Officer, Bello Kotongs, a Superintendent of Police, said the suspect had been detained at the Textile Mill Police Station, Benin, from where he would be transferred on Monday to Edo Police Headquarters at the Government Reservation Area (GRA) for further investigation.

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Kotongs said: “The man (Christopher) asked his wife to loan him some money (N2,000) out of the money she made at a burial she earlier attended on Saturday. When she refused, he then beat her to death.”

The suspect would have been mobbed if not for the timely arrival of policemen at the scene, the PPRO said.