“I was born in Lagos, though I am from Cotonou, Benin Republic. My father married 2 wives and he had 9 children. My mother had 6 children for him and I am number 4. I did not go to school because my father did not allow me.
“I had a boyfriend, Papa, whom I dated for 2 years. I wanted to marry him, but my father refused because my elder sister was married to Papa’s brother.
“I was at home one day when my father brought some people and said I should look at all of them and say if I liked them, and I said yes. He then asked me to go. It was the next day that they took me to Jimoh.”
She said she was taken to a community in Ogun State, where the victim usually came to make love with her until she became pregnant.
She said when she returned to Lagos, she was not well treated by the deceased and she complained to her family members, who asked her to endure the hardship.
“On 3 different occasions, I ran away from home. But whenever I got home, my father would ask me to go back, saying marriage was always full of challenges.
“On the fateful day, I went to the market to buy fish for my sister-in-law when I saw Wensu on the road. He gave me the poison and said I should put it in my husband’s drink. I put it in his drink and he took it himself,” she added.
She said she regretted marrying the deceased because she never loved him.
It was learnt that the boyfriend, Papa, had travelled back to the Benin Republic.
His elder brother, Wensu, a herbalist, denied giving Abiodun the poison, saying she framed him up.
“I am a herbalist by profession and I was taught the job by my grandfather in the Benin Republic when I was a child. I met her sister in the community and we married legally. She had three kids for me.
“But when I married another woman, she divorced me and married somebody else. I did not give her any poison and I have never met her husband, Jimoh, in my entire life. She is lying.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, Kenneth Nwosu, said the suspects would soon be charged to court.
Story culled from Punch