Ronke Shonde: Family Releases Proofs of Battery, Alleged Lover Denies

The man accused of dating late Ronke Shonde,
Kayode, has denied the allegation, saying he only had a professional
relationship with the deceased.
This is just as the family of the victim released
Whatsapp snapshots which showed Ronke’s husband, Lekan, admitting to
brutalising her, asking for God’s forgiveness and promising to stop beating her.
Our correspondent had reported that 51-year-old Lekan allegedly killed his wife
at their home in the Egbeda-Idimu area of Lagos State last Thursday.
Lekan, a dockworker, had however denied
complicity in the death, saying he never touched her.
He accused her of sleeping with Kayode, the
general manager of a publishing company where she worked as the human resources
After three days in hiding, the suspect gave
himself up to the police and was taken to the State Department of Criminal
Investigation, Yaba.
PUNCH Metro learnt on Wednesday that
Kayode had denied the allegation.
A close family friend, who claimed to have spoken
with him, explained that he said he had always been harassed by Lekan with
messages and unfounded allegations.
He said, “We spoke yesterday (Tuesday) and he
completely denied anything like that. He said he had proof of the man making
all kinds of allegations against him and asking him to leave his wife alone,
which he had never responded to. He said he was biding his time and would make
all the revelations in due time.”
It was gathered that Kayode and Ronke’s brother,
Jide, who died in a ghastly motor accident in July 2015, were friends.
After the death of Jide, Kayode, who was working
in Ibadan, Oyo State, was said to have been transferred to Lagos by his
In Lagos, he was said to have struck a friendship
with Ronke because of her late brother.
Due to Ronke’s influence in the publishing
company owned by her uncle, Kayode was said to have joined the publishing firm
and was made the general manager.
Their friendship and the managerial positions
were said to have made it possible for them to always travel and go out
Kayode was also said to have become close to
Ronke’s uncle, who owned the firm.
It was learnt that both Kayode and Ronke had
travelled to recruit new workers for the Abuja office, when the allegation of
sleeping together was levelled against them.
Meanwhile, the family of Ronke has released Whatsapp
snapshots, showing a conversation between Lekan and one of Ronke’s friends,
In a chat, he asked Ashabi to beg Ronke on his
behalf, promising not to assault her again.
He also claimed that the child brought to his
home was a setup, denying the paternity of the baby.
Ashabi, in one of the chats, said Ronke was
already slipping into depression, urging Lekan to become a better husband and
She said Ronke wept while talking with her
because of the constant battery and public embarrassment.
Below are excerpts of some of the chats:
Lekan: Am sick and tired. Am going crazy. Please
help me out. I rest my case. Am crying as I am writing this to you. But help me
to talk to her. Aburo mi (my younger sister), I don’t want to
lose her. I want her in my house forever.
Lekan: Because of God, please help me. Ha, I have
really offended her. May God forgive me. Please you are my saviour, help me
talk to her.
Lekan: I can have plenty of sex outside, but I
don’t want to fornicate again. Yes, just want my wife back. I swear to God, I
will never touch her again.
Ronke’s friend: She is really broken and hurt,
uncle. She said a lot. But I begged her and you have to keep showing her you
are a better person, and you want your family back. It is not a day’s job uncle
and you have to be patient with her and get her to trust and love you again.
She is falling into depression which is more terrible.
One of Lekan’s friends, Sunday Nwaobi, said he
had known him for about 33 years, adding that he had credibility and couldn’t
have killed his wife.
He said, “He was my junior in secondary school
and was a classmate to my immediate younger brother. My brother retired as a
general manger of a brewery in America and they are best of friends. My brother
is an American citizen, well travelled, and has met a lot of world leaders. I
know he will never go out with somebody who does not have credibility.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State,
SP Dolapo Badmos, said the police were working on getting the result of the
autopsy, adding that it would determine the command’s next line of action.
She said, “We are not in charge of the result and
we can’t determine when it will be out. But I can assure you that we are on it
and as soon as it is released, we won’t hide anything.”

Source: PUNCH