A housewife (names withheld) on monday allegedly killed her husband during an argument over the quality of rice purchased by the woman.
The son of the deceased man, simply identified as Okali, said his father, Mr. Leo Parker, was hacked to death by his wife when he (the father) queried her for buying local rice for N10,000 when she was given N27,000 to get the imported one.
The woman allegedly collected the amount during the festive period, assuring her husband that she would purchase a bag of ‘foreign rice’, but ended up buying the local one at a cheaper rate.
Parker, 67, reportedly met his death in his house along Azikoro road area of Ekeki community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State during a heated exchange of words that ensued.
Okali added that after realising that her husband had died, the suspect quickly began moving out of the house quietly.
“She started parking her properties out of the house through the back entrance, while some of the deceased children and neighbours were outside having a quiet time.”
It was gathered that the deceased’s grandchild, who was playing at the back entrance noticed that the woman was moving her belongings out of the house through the backyard before he reported.
“The boy came to alert us that he saw the wife packing properties through the back entrance and dragging his grandpa on the floor with blood.
“We went to confirm but met the room locked and pretended that we were not aware. When she came back for her fridge, we accosted her and ask her to open the door.
“But she refused. We forced the door open and met our father on the floor in a pool of his blood. She later told us that it was in anger,” the dead man’s son alleged.
But when contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Asinim Butswat, told newsmen that there was no evidence that the deceased suffered any bodily harm to show that he was killed by his wife.
He added that though the police was in the process of conducting an autopsy to ascertain the cause of death, there was no physical injury on the body of the old man to show that he was clubbed to death.
“The fact is that the old man probably slumped and died, but we will still conduct an autopsy as is usually required,” the police spokesman said.