A 38-year-old herbalist, Jimoh Jogbo, allegedly killed his mother-in-law in a celestial church at White House in Orofun community in Ibeju Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State.
Jogo also allegedly killed his friend, Shakiru Jamiu, who saw him on his way to the church to commit the crime.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Jogbo and his wife had relocated to Lagos and were living with his mother-in-law until they found an apartment in the state.
The herbalist was said to be at home with his wife and her 14-year-old sister when he allegedly defiled the minor.
The victim was upset about this and reported the incident to Jogbo’s wife and her mother.
The duo threatened the herbalist to bring up the matter and ordered him to leave the house.
Speaking with our correspondent during a visit to the mother-in-law’s house on Saturday, Jogbo’s wife said after she ordered her husband to leave the house, he trailed her mother to the church on Monday, November 14, 2022, and allegedly killed her.
She said, “We both moved in with my mother in March and have been living with her since then. In October, my mother visited one of my sisters who gave birth to a baby, and we were at home with my two younger sisters.
“On November 6, one of my sisters went to a vigil while the youngest stayed home with us. That night, my husband and I were outside around 11 p.m., but when he was talking to someone, I left him and went inside.
“Later, he went to sleep next to me. The next day, my younger sister told me that he had raped her at midnight. When I confronted him, he denied it. I informed my mother and we got angry and asked him to leave the house
He packed his things and left the next day, only to return later in the week to beg me. When my mother returned, she immediately went to church, where she stayed until Sunday. On Sunday evening he called me and said that my mother had called and cursed him.”
Jogbo’s wife said her husband informed her that he was returning to Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, but had been hanging around the community to commit the crime.
She said, “Around 3am, someone from my mother’s church called me to come to the church because she was not well. When I was about to run, I heard footsteps and saw an iron bar on the ground.
“I was again called by the church to make my way to Akodu General Hospital and that was how I got to know that he (Jogbo) had killed my mother and was about to come and kill me.”
Speaking to our correspondent during a visit to the scene, the church herdsman, Durodola Agunloye, said he heard someone calling his name when Jogbo attacked his mother-in-law in the church compound at about 2am.
Agunloye said, “I rushed out, went straight to the church and saw her lying in a pool of blood. She could not speak when I called her name, but was only gasping for breath. I immediately alerted the chairman of our church, who came with his car, in which we took her to the hospital, where her death was confirmed.
“We also contacted some local vigilantes to monitor the community and Jogbo was caught trying to escape. When they took him to the church, he denied the murder.
“Around 7 a.m., we saw the body of a young man a few meters from the church and determined that it was Jogbo’s friend Shakiru. We learned that Shakiru saw him on his way to the church and confronted him, and knowing that Shakiru recognized him, he attacked him with a stick and killed him. Jogo used the same stick to kill his mother-in-law.”
The state police chief, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, who confirmed the incident, said when asked: “This is a new case and the investigation is ongoing.”