A 43-year-old man, Taiwo Adio, has been arrested for clubbing his wife, Yemisi, and three other persons to death with a pestle in Sokoto State.
It was reported that the suspect on Saturday night at the Old Airport area of the Sokoto metropolis had also killed Rachael Adewole, 42, Benice Adewole, 10, and Esther Badelu, 14.
According to reports, Rachael, until untimely her death, was the wife of Pastor Jacob Adewole, of Faith Baptist Church (Sanctuary of Mercy and Glory), Old Airport Road, Sokoto. Ten-year old Benice Adewole was their only daughter while Esther Badelu, was Benice’s friend.
The Sokoto Police Command Public Relations Officer, El-Mustapha Sani, who also confirmed the incident, said the suspect had been arrested and the pestle discovered would be used as the exhibit.
Sani said the case was under investigation at the state Criminal Investigation Department.
The corpses of the victims, has however been deposited at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, for post mortem.
A church member, Oyeleke Samson, described how he survived the suspect’s attack by a whisker.
According to Samson, the suspect had mysteriously disappeared from home for two days and on his sudden return, he started behaving in a strange manner, talking incoherently.
When the news of his return got to the church, the pastor’s wife, the late Rachael, who was so delighted, prepared food and told her daughter Benice, to take the food to Taiwo Adio’s house. There, Esther Badelu decided to accompany her friend.
Before they got to the place, Adio, a bricklayer had already clubbed the wife, Yemisi, an auxiliary nurse, to death. When the two girls entered the house, he also clubbed them with the pestle in his hand.
Rachel decided to trace the girls to the suspect's home when the two girls did return not knowing that death was lurking. When she opened the door, the suspect raised the pestle, as she turned to take to her heels, the suspect hit her on the back, she fell and she was clubbed to death.
He said: On instinct, I decided to go to the Mission House. I mounted my motorcycle, only for me to see the suspect in a corner, it was the screech from my motorcycle that scared him as he attempted to attack me. The only words I heard from him were, ‘You people cannot poison me.
“I was left bewildered that why should he think anybody wanted to kill him. I ate out of the food at the mission house; moreover, he killed his wife before the two girls arrived with the food. I am still in shock.”