Woman Held Over Husband's Death


Mrs. Gladys Awupri has been arrested by the police in Cross River state, southsouth Nigeria for allegedly killing her husband.

She allegedly pulled the man’s penis which reulted in a rupture of the scrotal sac and testes of the deceased.

Mrs. Awupri, who is a native of Ishibori in Ogoja Local Government Area is currently cooling her heels in a cell at the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), state Police Headquarters, Diamond Hill, Calabar.

The woman told the police that the incident occurred at about 11 p.m, in their bedroom when her husband attempted to rape her which she resisted. She said her husband forcefully pulled her clothes and in the process tore her pant, and night gown.

In her words, “this is the work of the devil. My husband was not meeting me for the first time, so I cannot explain what really caused this thing that has happened. There was no quarrel between us, we took our evening meal peacefully and went into our bedroom to sleep, when he started forcing me to have sex with me.”

Mrs. Wupri claimed that she returned home from work tired and was not in the mood to attend to her husband’s sexual desire, but the man refused to listen to any excuse.

“I was not meeting my husband for the first time, we have been together for long and we have produced five children, with four boys and a girl, so I cannot explain what caused this thing that has happened,” she said.

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She said when efforts to resist her husband yielded no result, she decided to grab his penis, which caused the man to slump, behaving as if he was attacked by convulsion.

Shocked by the development, the suspect said she immediately ran out of the house and called on neighbours to assist in taking the man to hospital for treatment “but by the time we got to a nearby hospital he was confirmed dead by doctors,” she lamented.

Apart from the fact she has become a widow, she lamented that her children have become orphans, saying, “who is going to support me to sponsor them in school?”

The Police Public Relations Officer for the state Police Command, Mr. Bassey Hogan, confirmed the incident, saying the law will take its cause, despite the woman’s claim that it was not an intentional act.

“The woman is already in our custody, and we will carry out thorough investigation to unravel the circumstances that led to her husband’s death.

—Emma Una/ Calabar