The Nassarawa state police command has arrested one Okala Joseph for shooting his wife, Helen Precious, over disagreement on the number of children he wanted them to have. According to The Sun, Okala shot his wife in front of his mother in-law at her farm in Ninda village, Kokona Local Government Area, Nasarawa State on April 4th.
The state commissioner of police, Lawal Shehu who spoke on the incident, said Okala had accused his wife of aborting their babies after she refused to give him more children. This had caused a big problem between the couple as Okala demanded that his wife bore him more children. Things between the couple came to a sad end on April 4th after Okala, wearing a mask, stormed his mother in-law’s farm and shot his 18 year old wife in front of her mother and sister. He tried to run away after committing the crime but was quickly apprehended by officers at the Garaku Police station.
When interrogated, John said
“My wife denied me going to school. My father warned me against marrying her rather I should go to school. Since my late wife insisted that I must marry her. I have to deny my father and abandon my education to marry my late wife in 2013. I was blessed with one kid, a baby boy. My late wife has been pregnant for me but she would abort the pregnancy, she has done the abortion severally. It was the senior brother of my wife who came on December 25, 2015 and packed my wife’s luggage and took her away from my house, we have been quarreling over the matter. It was April 4, 2016 around 2:00pm I went to Nindama village, my wife’s mother’s village and met them in the farm; I went in anger and took my dane gun and shot my wife dead in the present of her mother and I wanted to escaped before the policemen arrested me. I never regret killing my wife, she has denied me education. I am a farmer in Angwan Sarki village and I am struggling to have a better life” he said.
A relative of the deceased who spoke on the incident said
“The man has been maltreating our daughter. We had to send her elder brother to pack her luggage from the husband’s house on December 25, 2015. Suddenly we saw the husband in my mother’s farm with his wife and he shot her dead without a reason. We want justice to be done. The policemen have released our daughter’s corpse to us and we have buried her on April 8, 2016.”
Okala will soon be charged to court for culpable homicide.