Assault! Widow accuses son, wife of attacking her over property

A widow, Mrs. Racheal Olaniyan, says she has fled her home on Olowu Street, Ipaja, Lagos State, over alleged assault by her son, Kehinde, and his wife, Shade.

Rachael, who claimed to be critically ill, told PUNCH Metro that she was beaten by Shade sometime in March.

She alleged that Kehinde, who supported the attack, stole her land documents.

The 67-year-old said efforts to report the attack and alleged theft to the police were frustrated because Kehinde was a riot policeman., M

She said when she could not get justice, she sought refuge in a Lagos church where she had been staying.

Rachel said, “On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, I opened the door to my apartment in order to go out when Shade attacked me by pouring watery pepper into  my eyes. As soon as I fell, she started hitting me with a plank until I became unconscious.

“When I woke up, I used the little strength in me to go to the neighbouring house to show my swollen face to some community leaders.

“When I returned home, Shade’s husband, Kehinde, had returned home and when I showed him what his wife had done, he started laughing at me.”

Rachael said while she was having the discussion with her son at another time, another female tenant attacked her.

The sexagenarian said she escaped into the house, where she was incapacitated for about seven days.

“By Saturday, March 25, I went out to see the community leaders again to report to them. However, before I could return, Kehinde had burgled my room and stolen the documents of my house. When I challenged him, he laughed at me.

“I collapsed on March 27, 2017, and was rushed to a hospital. I have spent a lot of money and my health has worsened as a result of the attack I suffered from Kehinde’s wife and the tenant, who is also the wife of a policeman.

“When I went to the Alagolo Police Station, Ipaja, to report this case, nothing was done, as Kehinde used his influence as a policeman to stall the case. I also submitted a petition to the Office of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, and I was directed it to the Provost’s Office,” she added.

She lamented that instead of the police to charge the suspects to court, they were released and asked to sign an undertaking.

Racheal said while she had yet to recover her land documents from Kehinde, the suspects were back in the house and she had been forced to vacate it for her safety.

She urged the police to give her justice, adding that she wanted the suspects to face the wrath of the law for the injuries inflicted on her.

She said, “They should face the full wrath of the law, instead of writing undertakings. This is not the first time they will be writing undertakings without keeping to them.”

One of Rachel’s children, Taiwo, said he vacated the house due to frequent clashes among the children of the family over the property.

He said, “Mama has six children and there is rivalry among them. It is not just about the property; this has been on since the house was built. We don’t love one another and that was why I left the place. The house documents were with Mama, but her children are struggling for them and Mama appeared not ready to release them to anyone. Kehinde took the documents for safekeeping since we all know Mama could pass on anytime soon.”

Kehinde, however, denied the allegations, accusing his siblings of ganging up against him.

He said, “Is it possible for me as the first child of the family to watch while my wife beats up my mother?  That cannot be possible. It was my siblings that taught Mama all these lies in order to get at me. Mama had reported this case to different police stations before it got to the state police command. I was called to answer her petition, which I did. At the end of the day, I gave her a document, which content I will not disclose. Please don’t call me as regards this case again.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, had yet to respond to a text message sent to him on the incident as of press time.Punch

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