Lekan Shonde, the man accused of beating his wife to death in Lagos over claims that she was sleeping with another man, has said that he did not kill his wife.
Yesterday, there were reports that Shonde, who had gone into hiding, had been traced and arrested by the police through calls he had made to the relations of his late wife, his family and his friends.
But Shonde, while speaking with The Punch revealed that he was the one who surrendered himself to the Rapid Response Squad (, of the State Police Command.
He said he did not beat his wife to death but only slapped and pushed her after she had confessed to sleeping with another man and was begging him to forgive her.
He said, “My parents, who were against the union, shunned our marriage. My mother is dead. My father, who is over 90 years, has been full of regret, saying he had warned me. She dated the manager of a publishing firm while still married to me.
“On that Thursday, after she said she had taken my N20,000, all I did was to slap her. I am sorry I did that. But even after that, I still bought moi-moi and pap for her when she said she would not cook. I took garri that night.
“She ate and suddenly started to vomit. I asked her what the problem was, but she said nothing. On Friday morning, she was still lying down when I left her. I even dropped the upkeep money that I always gave her and left for work.
“It was while at work that I was told the police visited the house and saw her corpse. I did not touch her and God is my witness.”
Shonde, who seemed grieved over the incident, reportedly begged the police in Lagos State to just kill him as he has lost the zeal to continue with life.
It was learnt that while he was on the run, he tried to kill himself but was not successful and had to report to the police after his father and some friends begged him to do so.
Shonde revealed that he agreed to submit himself to the police after a conversation with one of his closest friends who begged him to come out from hiding after he had sent a Whatsapp messages to the friend that he wanted to take his life.
The 57-year-old suspect was said to have also sent about 70 text messages to some of his friends that he wanted to commit suicide.
Some of the text messages, read: “I want to die, Please help me. I can’t face police or cell. You are the only one advising me not to kill myself. I will respect you till I die. I want to go to the Attorney General of Lagos State to surrender myself.”