A housewife and mother of two in Kwara State, Yetunde Folorunsho, who allegedly poisoned herself to stop her husband, Dare Araoje, from marrying another wife, died of poisoning from taking a popular insecticide, Sniper.
This was disclosed to City & Crime by the police spokesman in the state, Ajayi Okasanmi.
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Okasanmi said, “The autopsy report shows that she actually died of poison (Sniper) that she took. We invited the owner of the chemist and some members of her husband’s family, including the mother-in-law, before the autopsy.”
Yetunde, a graduate of linguistics who hails from Osun State, died on her way to the Ilorin General Hospital after she showed signs of poisoning.
The incident caused serious problems between her relatives and that of her husband on allegations that she was poisoned by her mother-in-law over a disagreement on her religious status.
The deceased’s sister, Pelumi, had called for justice, adding that, “I know my sister could not kill herself.”
Although, the deceased was a Christian, our correspondent learnt that she converted to Islam after her marriage which did not go down well with her family.
An online post by one Oyeronke Oluwakemi who claimed to be her course mate suggested that she was poisoned by the mother-in-law over a disagreement on her religious status; being a Christian.
However, residents told City & Crime during a visit to the husband’s family house in Ilorin that she poisoned herself over a disagreement that her husband wanted to marry a second wife, he, being a Muslim.
Her husband’s brother, Alhaji Lagbe Araoje, said, “She had a little quarrel with the husband outside the house and it was settled and she went inside. The husband even later gave her a phone that she requested.
“Some minutes later, the husband rushed out of the house crying for help that his wife was vomiting. On our way to the hospital, she was begging the husband for forgiveness that she had taken DDT powder, popularly known as Sniper.”
The husband of Hajia Nimahtallahi who operates the chemist where she allegedly bought the Sniper from, Adio Tajudeen, told our correspondent that, “It was when the news of her death broke that we knew she was living in the neighbourhood.
“People buy the powder for many reasons and we can’t suspect it will be used for evil purposes.”