In a tragic case, a mother of three lost her life in a gruesome way, allegedly at the hands of her estranged husband.
Murder suspect Sakiru Bello, who is currently being investigated at the homicide unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID, has denied the allegation that he murdered his ex-wife, Sherifat Bello.
According to the 36-year-old suspect, After he and his dead wife separated, they reconciled and started meeting secretly.
He said, On the average, I gave her N15,000 in a week. On that Monday, she called me that she needed money and we agreed to meet. I gave her N10,000 that evening. I took her to my house on Olaleye Street, Somolu, around 12am. I went out to get her balm and some drugs.
“I CALLED HER ON FEBRUARY 13 AND SHE CAME TO SEE ME AT HOME. LATER, BOTH OF US WENT TO THE ISLAND. IT WAS ON OUR WAY BACK THAT A COMMERCIAL BUS HIT THE BIKE THAT WE BOARDED AND SHE FELL, HITTING HER HEAD ON THE GROUND. “WHEN WE GOT HOME, SHE STARTED COMPLAINING OF PAIN IN THE HEAD AND THEN SHE DIED. I DIDN’T TAKE HER TO THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE I DIDN’T HAVE MONEY. “AFTER SHE DIED, I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. I COULDN’T CALL HER FAMILY MEMBERS SINCE WE AREN’T IN GOOD TERMS. IT WAS WHILE THINKING ABOUT WHAT TO DO THAT A THOUGHT CAME INTO MY MIND THAT I SHOULD CUT HER CORPSE INTO PIECES TO ENABLE ME DISPOSE OFF HER REMAINS EASILY. “SO I CUT HER HEAD, HER B.reast, HER LEG AND OTHER PARTS OF HER BODY. I LATER WRAPPED THEM IN A SACK BEFORE TAKING IT TO AN UNCOMPLETED BUILDING, WHERE I BURIED THE PARTS IN DIFFERENT HOLES.”
UNFORTUNATELY, SHE DIED. I WAS AFRAID OF HER FATHER, WHO DIDN’T WANT TO SEE US TOGETHER. ALSO, I COULDN’T REPORT TO THE POLICE, SO I DECIDED TO CUT HER INTO PIECES.”
However, the father of the deceased Mr Akeem gave his own version of the event.
He told policemen that an unidentified number called him that his daughter fell into a lagoon.
I REPORTED THE CASE TO THE AREA ‘B’ POLICE COMMAND, WHEN WE DIDN’T SEE HER, NOT KNOWING THAT HE HAD KILLED HER. WHEN WE CALLED HIM, HE SAID HE WAS SOMEWHERE IN IBADAN AND GAVE US AN ADDRESS. “HOWEVER, WHEN WE GOT TO THE ADDRESS, HE WAS NOT THERE. LUCKILY, POLICE ARRESTED HIM IN LAGOS WHERE HE WAS HIDING. HE IS DENYING THAT HE KILLED HER, BUT HE CUT HER CORPSE INTO BITS. ALL WE WANT IS PROPER INVESTIGATION AND JUSTICE IN THIS CASE.”
Lamenting, the elder sister of the deceased, Shakirat, told Vanguard
“MY SISTER IS A NURSE. SHE IS THE ONE WHO HAS BEEN CATERING FOR THE FAMILY, WHILE THEY WERE MARRIED. SHE ONCE BOUGHT HIM A BIKE AND LATER, A DANFO JUST TO ENSURE THAT HE IS GAINFULLY EMPLOYED. BUT NOTHING CAME OUT OF IT. “ABOUT A YEAR AGO, SHE RAISED ALARM THAT HE WANTED TO USE HER FOR RITUALS, SO THE TWO FAMILIES CAME TOGETHER AND THEY SEPARATED THEM.”
A police source, however, said that Sherifat’s private parts were missing, saying the suspect might not be acting alone.