It was an unusual tragic event on Thursday morning at Akanran community in the Ona Ara local government area of Ibadan, Oyo State capital when a Ghanaian man simply identified as Bonga Augustus, axed his wife to death, inflicted serious injuries on her step- daughter and later axed himself to death.
Bonga, a farmer, who was said to be in his sixties, was residing at Baba Ijebu Village, Akanran, with his wife, Margaret (an Egede woman from Benue State), and family, living happily until the dead of the night when the unusual happened. He was said to have snuffed life out of his wife due to a perceived little misunderstanding.
According to an eye witness, Monday, a neighbour to the deceased who spoke with Saturday Telegraph, the late couple were hard working farmers that always embraces peace “as they don’t usually fight”.
His words, “they hardly quarrel; they are very hard working people in this our community. The issue just happened when we heard a loud scream from Bonga’s room around 3.00 a.m. Before we got there to know what was happening, what we saw was that Bonga has used an axe to injure his wife.
“We saw him using the axe to stab the woman and we could not help as he used the same axe to scare us. At a point, the intestine of the woman started coming out of her stomach. Then her step-daughter who had been helpless, ran close to the man but she was also injured wth various degrees of injuries that affected her face and spinal cord. She has been rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.
“It was when the woman finally gave up the ghost that we gatheree round the man preventing him from running away and at that point, he used the same axe to rip off his own stomach and his intestine started coming out. We then called the Community Head to inform him and it was him that informed the Police at Akanran. The man just died few minutes ago inside Akanran Police Division Station as we are waiting for a bus to convey them to the hospital”, said Monday.
Another eye witness who pleaded anonymity but said he was an in- law to the woman, said the woman could not escape from her husband attack because she was attacked during the midnight and was helpless.
He said, “we went to a night vigil with the daughter of the woman who is bearing Racheal. She is 16 years old and she wil be sitting for her WEAC next year. She just screamed aloud when she saw what happened between her mother and her step- father but she could not help the situation as she was also attacked by the man. The man used the axe to stab her on the face and back, and immediately the husband noticed that his wife had died due to the injuries she sustained, he also started using the axe to stab himself in the stomach until his intestine started coming out. He later died at the Akanran Police Station”.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Oyo State Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu (SP), said “the incident is true. The case is under investigation”.