A woman in Makurdi, Benue State has reportedly taken her life after killing her husband and three children.
Police identified the man as Nicholas Adetsav, a staff of Makurdi Local Government Council.
The incident happened on Friday night.
“From information available to us, the woman has been having issues with her husband which might have culminated into this,” Benue police spokesman, Moses Yamu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday.
Mr Yamu said that the couple, who lived at Vandeikya Street, was staff of Makurdi Local Government Council.
“They have been having issues. Just yesterday (Friday), the woman was seen with a pestle trying to smash her husband’s car. No one knows the cause of their frequent fights,” the police spokesman added.
He said that police personnel sent to the house found the man foaming in the mouth, the three kids already dead, while the woman, also dead, was found holding a knife in her hands.
“The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. on Friday; from what we have gathered, the couple fight on daily basis,” he told NAN.
Yamu said that investigation had begun toward determining the reasons for the actions, while the corpses had been deposited at the St. Theresa’s Catholic Hospital, Makurdi.
Chairman, Makurdi Local Government Council, Akange Audu, confirmed that the couple was employees of the local government council.
“The husband worked in the Department of Finance while his wife worked with the Department of Agriculture,” Mrs. Audu said.
She also confirmed that the couple “were always fighting,” adding that the woman had warned neighbours to stay off their fights.
A cross section of the neighbours who spoke to NAN said that the couple had been having issues.
They said that the couple had been fighting since Friday afternoon.
One of the neighbours told NAN that she stopped intervening on their quarrels when Mrs. Adetsav threatened her with a knife during one of such interventions.