Opeyemi Adeola Ganiyu, a Nigerian man who murdered his mother-in-law in Ogun State, has given reasons for his actions.
The 28-year-old man was charged with stabbing the deceased to death after an argument turned into a fight.
The Osun Police Spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, stated that the men of the Police Command acted on reports received from Odunayo Matthew, who lamented Ganiny’s murder of his mother-in-law. In a report filed by Matthew, he stated that Adeola, the deceased’s daughter’s husband, has been launching beatings on his wife at the slightest provocation.
He claimed that the deceased went to see Adeola on the day of the incident to threaten him to keep her daughter from being beaten. Adeola beat up the deceased before stabbing her in the ribs with a knife when he saw her in his home.
“The deceased was rushed to a hospital for treatment, but she died on the way. The suspect fled after learning that the victim had died. He was eventually tracked down to Ikorodu in Lagos, where he was apprehended.
The suspect is a member of a notorious cult in the area, according to a preliminary investigation. During the #ENDSARS protest, he was also one of those who led hoodlums to burn down the Atan Ota Police Division and kill the Divisional Crime Officer.”
It was a mistake.
Adeola reportedly told the Saturday Sun from the State Criminal Investigative Department (SCID), where he is being held, that he stabbed his mother-in-law by mistake.
“I am a well-known welder in the Atan Ota area of the state,” he says. Tope is my live-in lover and my 8-month-old son’s mother. I’ve already visited his family with my people and assured her family that I’d come and finish the process of marrying her. I referred to her as my wife because I intended to finish the process.
“On April 28, 2020, she told me she wanted to go see her mother, who was in critical condition. I let her go with our son on the condition that she return by noon the next day.
“The next day, I waited until evening, and when she did not return, I decided to pay them a visit because I suspected her mother’s illness was worsening.
As I got closer to her house, I ran into one of her uncles, who inquired about the work I had traveled to another town to do. I explained that I had been at home. He claimed it was my wife who said it. I became suspicious and hurried to the house.
“When I arrived at their compound, I noticed my wife flirting with a man who had previously visited us under the guise of owing my wife money. I attacked the man, and he fled.
“To my surprise, instead of my mother-in-law warning his daughter, he accused me of ignoring my responsibilities.
“She asserted boldly that she was the one who gave her permission to begin dating another man. I was irritated because my wife was still breastfeeding our son. I told her to let my baby drink her mother’s Bosom milk before giving my wife to another man. I was so resentful that I returned home. I waited two days and she didn’t come home. I decided to accompany my son. My son was handed over to my sister by me.
“When I got home, I found my wife, her three sisters, and her mother attempting to break down my door. They claimed that they had come to collect my wife’s belongings and that they were no longer interested in the marriage. I went into the room with them just to make sure they didn’t take anything from me. They began fighting me with whatever they could get their hands on, including the plastic chair. They were attacking me in groups of five, and I knew the only way to scare them away was to get a knife.
I took out a knife and tried to scare them. Unfortunately, it pierced my mother-in-stomach.” law’s
He told the story.
Adeola claimed that he had no choice but to flee because people were already congregating at his house. “I was afraid I’d be beaten to death. I ran away while keeping an eye on what was going on. They took her to the hospital, but she died on the third day. I knew that if I was arrested, I would be imprisoned for life, so I decided to flee to Ikorodu, where my father lives.
“However, on the day I arrived, my father returned me to Ogun State and handed me over to the police.”
Adeola blamed the deceased for his situation. “She was the one who forced me to marry her daughter, only for her to begin arranging various men for her. I am a hardworking father of two children. I am able to provide for my family with the little money I earn through hard work. I can’t afford to buy her flashy clothes or high-end phones. This is why her mother was never content. I had no intention of killing her; I was only defending myself against those women. I simply grabbed the nearest weapon to scare them away from killing me. I’m sorry, and I know that no amount of pleading will bring the dead back to life. It was a blunder. “I love my wife Tope and will continue to marry her if I ever get out of this mess,” he says.