Jobless Man Slits Wife’s Throat In Lagos, Poisons Himself


Jafaru Sougie, 49, from Edo State,
allegedly killed his wife of 26 years
yesterday at Araromi Street, Oshodi,
Lagos State.
Roseline, 46, was a trader and the
breadwinner of the family as
Jafaru was jobless. He had serially
assaulted Roseline, a mother-of-
five, on the grounds of being
He also reportedly beat her for
collecting gifts from her relatives
for the upkeep of the family. Their
child, Richmond, 16, said: “My 3
siblings, our aunt and I slept in the
living room while dad and mum
were inside. Around 4am, dad
called me from the bathroom.
I went to meet him but he did not
say anything. I went outside to
urinate and when I came back, I
checked the bathroom and saw him
lying down, vomiting some black
substance and excreting on his
body. I think he poisoned himself. I
told my aunt to wake mum up to
attend to him.
But she didn’t wake up. I shone a
flashlight on her and saw blood on
the bed with a wide cut in her
neck. I fainted when we discovered
she was dead. It was mum that took
care of us. She was the one
sponsoring my elder brother,
Collins, who just gained admission
into a university in Abia State.


I don’t know our fate now. The
landlord of our former rented
house sent us out because dad
always quarrelled with mum. We
were also sent away from another
house for the same reason.” The
aunt, Veronica Imomoh, who
confirmed the assault, said: “Our
family had warned him to stop
beating her.
He didn’t have any work. Yesterday
(Thursday) he demanded N10,000
from the wife, saying he wanted to
travel. She was trying to raise the
money from her friends.” A
neighbour, Simeon Nnoron, said he
had tried to prevail over Jafaru to
stop assaulting the deceased to no
avail, adding that he suspected he
was on drug and wanted to use the
woman for rituals.
Roselin’s elder sister, Kate Yakubu,
said she had wanted to divorce the
husband two years ago but her
family enjoined her to rescind the
decision, because of the children.
The Deputy spokesperson, Lagos
State Police Command, DSP
Damasus Ozoani, said Jafaru had
been transferred to the State CID
for further investigation.

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