A man, Charles Enifa has reportedly hanged himself after allegedly strangling his wife and son to death at No. 12, Obafemi Eruja Street, behind Solebo Estate, Ikorodu in Lagos State.
Narrating what must have led to the tragic incident, a neighbour who didn’t want to be named, told Guardian that the 40-year-old man committed the act over infidelity and a dispute in the paternity of their last son.
The neighbour said it all started after Charles accused his 35-year-old wife, Faith and also questioned the paternity of their last child.
“We have separated them severally in the past because he was always fighting her, accusing her of infidelity and sleeping around.
“The last time they fought, he said their last born, the boy, was not his child and Faith should show him the father of the child or else ‘blood would flow’. We just took it that he was angry and did bot really mean what he said literally.
“To be honest, we had gotten tired of delving into their matter. So, in the early hours of yesterday morning when we heard loud sounds coming from their room, we didn’t get involved.
“After a few minutes, we didn’t hear anything so we thought they have settled their issues until later in the morning when we heard their two older children shouting for help,” the source added.
A police source also told the daily that: “The other children would be tested to confirm if they were indeed drugged so they could sleep deeply as they said they didn’t hear anything and only woke up this morning to see their father hanging from the ceiling and tried to wake their mother who was found on the floor.
“When they couldn’t wake their mother or brother, it was then they raised alarm and the neighbours forced the door open to the terrible scene,” he said.
The bodies of both mother and child were bagged and taken away to the morgue while the father’s body was left there as the family said sacrifices and rituals had to be carried out before the body could be brought down for burial.