The accused wife killer Lekan Shonde was a former employee at a depot in Apapa, Lagos. He lives in Egbeda – Idumu area in Lagos with their 2 children and his wife. The children are 6 and 4 years old respectfully.
A maid found a lifeless body of Ronke Shonde (the wife) in the house when she came to get the children ready for school in the morning. According to the maid, she came to the house on May 6, 2016, the door was locked, so she forced the door opened and found her boss’s wife lying on the floor lifeless.
Her husband Lekan Shonde disappeared for 3 days and no one could reach him for a couple of days after Ronke Shonde’s body was discovered in their home. Investigators discovered that he killed his wife and locked her body in the house; he also locked the children indoors and left for a hideout. But Lekan denied these accusations.
According to reports, Lekan is physically abusive towards his wife. He would beat her for following little arguments. He normally beat his wife for not cooking for him and he accused his wife of cheating on him with a man named Kayode (The general manager of a publishing company in Nigeria).
People familiar with the case said that there were signs of physical assault on his wife’s body. Lekan went into hiding for a long time, but he reached out to a news outlet to say that he’s not guilty and that he has nothing to do with the death of his wife. “
He said, “On May 5, 2016, I heard my wife speaking to someone on the telephone, saying, ‘Kayode, you’re sweet; what did you use in sleeping with me?’
“I was furious, so I slapped her from behind; she fell as a result of the slap. She later stood up, held me and said she was sorry. She went into the room to have her bath.
“She had earlier asked me to buy moin-moin and pap. So, when she came out of the bathroom, she asked me about the moin-moin and I told her that I would take my own moin-moin with garri,while she had her own with pap.
“Thereafter, I went to bed. But she said she was going downstairs to play a bit.
“When I woke up at midnight, I met her on the couch and I asked why she was still there. She said she would join me later and I went back to the room.
“On that day, when I was going out, I saw her on the couch with her phone beside her; I just dropped her transport money like I normally do, locked the door with my own key and left for work.
“Around 4pm, my cousin came to my place of work and he told me that my father asked him to inform me of my wife’s death. I left immediately, but the gridlock on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway did not allow me to get to Oshodi until past 9pm. I went to my father’s place in Ladipo with my cousin.”
After the court examined all evidences, Justice Oyefesor sentenced Lekan to death by hanging. He was handcuffed and taken back to prison. Lekan denied beating his wife and continue to maintain his innocence. He said that he ran away for 3 days because his dad advised him to stay away for a bit.