Lekan Shonde To Be tried For Murder…Alleged Lover Begs Media

Lagos State Police Command says alleged wife killer, Lekan Shonde, will be
tried for murder.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, told PUNCH Metro on Thursday that the
suspect would be arraigned in court today (Friday) for allegedly killing his
wife, Ronke.

is just as our correspondent learnt that the remains of the late Ronke would
soon be buried.
was gathered that the corpse had been released to her family by the police
after the conclusion of autopsy on Wednesday.
was learnt that the family members had fixed Friday (today) for the burial, but
could change their mind.However, a member of the family said they were not excited about Lekan’s
source, who did not want to be identified because the family did not want any
further report on the matter, said the victim’s mother had insisted that she
had forgiven 51-year-old Lekan.

The late Ronke

PUNCH Metro had reported that Lekan, who worked in a
port in the Apapa area,  had allegedly beaten his wife Ronke to death.
was said to have fled the house, and in a telephone interview with our
correspondent while in hiding, he had denied killing his wife of eight years.
said the victim was the one who cheated on him with the general manager of her
company, Kayode Oluokun.
on Wednesday, pathologists at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital
released a report which stated that Ronke died from respiratory seizure.
was also said to have had water in her brain and some bruises on the head.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the family had decided to bury
Ronke anytime from Friday.
source said, “The family has decided to bury her quietly and it appears to be a
family arrangement together with some family friends.”
member of the family expressed sadness over the handling of the matter.
said, “If you knew Ronke before she died, you would know she didn’t deserve to
die like this. She was a vibrant and energetic woman. She and her late brother,
Jide, were the most outspoken in the family and if this had happened to any
other person while they lived, this matter would have gone farther than this.”
Mr. Kayode Oluokun, the alleged lover of late Mrs. Ronke Shonde, says he does
not want to talk about his relationship with the deceased.
who spoke with PUNCH Metro begged for respite, saying he would address the media when he
deemed it fit.

The management of Learn Africa, the publishing firm where Ronke and Oluokun
worked, had also released a statement saying the duo left the company in March.

it said it could not confirm or deny that there was anything between them, it
said Oluokun left the firm on March 8 and Ronke resigned two days later.
was learnt that after the duo quit Learn Africa, they joined Ronke’s uncle’s
publishing firm.
to reach the alleged lover to hear his side of the story had been abortive,
except on an occasion when a third party told PUNCH Metro that he denied the allegation
of dating the victim.
when PUNCH Metro
first got Oluokun on the telephone, he cut the call while our correspondent
enquired on what transpired between them.
switching off his phone and being unreachable for days, and sometime not
picking the calls when the phone was on, the general manager spoke on
said, “Mr. Samson, please can you respect this: I don’t want to talk to the
press now. Respect that. I will talk to you when I want to talk to you.