The Ondo State Command of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has confirmed to SaharaReporters that they are searching for an ex-police officer, Taju Adeniyi, who reportedly stabbed his wife, a mother of four kids, leaving her near death. The command gave the victim’s name as Moyosade Ademeso, but said the reason for the attack was still unknown.
The command spokesperson, Wale Ogodo, disclosed the assault while speaking on efforts by the police to address the security challenges facing some major towns in the state.
Mr. Ogodo said the command had intensified efforts to arrest criminals operating anywhere in the state. He added that the command was working hard to track down the former officer who nearly stabbed his wife to death. According to him, the command’s investigative unit was working tirelessly to ascertain the whereabouts of the cop who attacked his wife.
Another police source confided in SaharaReporters that a human rights group in the state had petitioned the Police Commissioner, Patrick Dukumor, over an alleged attempt to bury the case file against the fugitive ex-cop.
But the command’s spokesman denied the allegation, adding that the commissioner was very interested in the case and had ordered a manhunt for the suspect.
SaharaReporters learnt that Ms. Moyosade, a kerosene seller at Oke Ijebu in Akure, had called on law enforcement agents to arrest her estranged husband. But the former cop took to his heels and has been in hiding since.
The assaulted woman is on admission at a hospital. She told SaharaReporters that she was still afraid that her husband might come back to assault her or even send hired killers after her.
“If the police do not arrest Taju, he might come back or send people who might claim they are his friends or family members to kill me,” Ms. Moyosade said. “This is not the first time he will be doing this. Am just tired! I don’t know who is who again. That is why the nurses have kept eye-watch on those who come in here to greet me.”
She added that her husband abandoned their children and her for another woman, leaving them to suffer. “He left us for another woman until he appeared again that night with his gang and I was already sleeping. He broke the door with a mortar to gain access into the room. Before I knew what was was happening he hit my head with a club and he stabbed me severally on my head with a broken Star [beer] bottle.”
Dr. Ayo Adeyemi, who runs a private hospital where the woman is currently receiving treatment, described the attack on her as “total madness.” He said Ms. Moyosade was brought to the hospital with about 10 deep cuts on her head, adding that her injury could have resulted in death.
SaharaReporters learnt that the estranged couple has been married for more than ten years and hail from Ogotun-Ekiti in Ekiti State.