By Osahon Osahon
Residents of Agbontaen Street beside Ebvareke Secondary School, off Agboniro Street, Uselu, Benin, the Edo State capital, have been thrown into mourning after husband reportedly beat his wife to death.
The suspect, simply identified as Christopher, was said to have bounced on his wife, Mrs Isoken Christopher, for refusing to give him the N2,000 loan.
Christopher, an indigene of Delta State, was escaping after killing until residents apprehended him and later handed him to the police.
The incident happened at about 9pm on Saturday in their room and parlour apartment.
The middle-aged man was said to be drunk when he allegedly committed the crime.
The eldest son of the family, Christopher Augustine, confirmed the incident, saying his father was fleeing after murdering his mother, he described as a businesswoman.
Christopher, who works with a waste disposal company in Benin, was accused of always beating his late wife.
Narrating the incident, Augustine, 13, said his father called his mother on phone demanding for a N2, 000 loan but however started beating his mother when the money was not immediately given to him.
“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.
“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 son recounted.
When contacted, the Edo State Police Command confirmed the incident, adding that the culprit had been arrested.
Confirming the incident, the Edo police spokesman, SP Bello Kotongs, said the remains of the deceased had been deposited at a morgue in the state capital, Benin.
“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”, Kotongs said.