The family of a woman, Ugieki Ovbokhan Asemota, whose husband beat her to death for refusing to have sexual intercourse with him, has called on the police command in Edo State to prosecute her husband.
The man simply identified as Emmanuel has allegedly beaten his wife Ugieki Asemota to death for refusing to have sexual pleasure with her.
The couple argued on Monday, June 28, 2021, at their residence on Abaegbe Street in the Evbotubu area of Benin City; while the argument ensued, Ugieki entered her room and locked the door in other to avoid further disputes with her husband.
Emmanuel, who was resolute on going into the room tried to break the door with an axe. Ugieki tried to escape through the window but her husband stopped her and beat her to a coma.
Victoria Omoruyi the victim’s twin sister told newsmen that Ugieki was rejected by two hospitals before she was admitted to the third.
Victoria revealed that her sister’s marriage has been a troubled one, fraught with violence.
“They had been having issues before that day and the man was always beating her. But on that night, he wanted to have sex with her and my sister said he should go to his room because she was not ready for his trouble’’.
“They quarrelled that day and my sister managed it till the evening of the following day. When it became intense, she entered her room and locked the door to avoid any trouble with him. But around midnight, he came banging the door with an axe and asking my sister to open the door that he wanted to sleep with her”.
“My sister told him to go to his room and leave her alone, but he kept banging and when my sister saw that if he should meet her in the room with the way he was banging the door, he would kill her, so she tried to escape through the window. Unknown to her, her husband heard when she tried to sneak out through the window”.
“Her husband accosted her by the window, dragged her down and hit her head on a block that was beside the window while he continued beating her. My sister pleaded with him that she was losing her strength, but he didn’t answer her till she became unconscious and he left her to die. Their tenants could not come out for fear that Emmanuel would turn the fight against them”.
“When the tenants realized that they could not hear any noise again, they came out to rescue my sister and took her to a hospital. She was rejected at the two hospitals she was taken to before she was admitted to the third hospital. When we got to the hospital, we were asked to do some tests and scans. It was around 2 pm that she opened her eyes and talked, but she could not turn or raise her fingers.”
The niece of the deceased also took to social media to mourn the late Ugieki. She stated that the man was in the habit of beating his wife.
According to Victoria Omoruyi that the deceased was further taken to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, where she was placed on oxygen till she died on July 7 after spending some days at the hospital.
The suspect was arrested by Evbotubu Police Station after the woman’s family reported the incident.
The Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, Kontongs Bello, who confirmed the incident, said the suspect would be charged to court at the end of the investigation.
He said, “The couple were married in 2002 and had two boys together before she died. The woman denied him sex and he beat her to a coma. When we finish our preliminary investigation, we will charge him to court.”