Hannah, a native of Benue State, moved in with Matthew a few years ago,
she had hoped that they would become husband and wife.
bearing three female children in quick succession for Matthew, the Tiv
native had hoped earnestly that her fourth pregnancy would bring a male
child, so that, perhaps, Matthew would do the needful and formally make
her his wife.
all those dreams are gone with the wind now, as the very man Hannah
shared a bed with for years has just dispatched her to an early grave
after a minor squabble over domestic chores.
Daily Sun gathered
that the mother of three, who was eight months pregnant, was beaten to
death by her lover on June 6, 2016, in their residence in Lugbe, an
Abuja suburb, because she did not wash his clothes.
gathered the late Hannah, 30, had spent the greater part of that day at
the ante-natal clinic, and by the time she returned home in the evening,
she was too tired to do any chores.
Consequently, she had to postpone all the chores to the following day.
Unfortunately for Hannah, her lover, on his return from work, took offence that his clothes were not washed.
late mother of three was said to have explained and begged her man over
her inability to wash his clothes on that particular day, promising to
do the laundry the next day.
But all her pleas and explainations
were like pouring water on a stone. Matthew promptly descended heavily
on his lover. He pummelled her ceaselessly, until she gave up the ghost.
former neighbour of the couple, Mrs. Precious Igbokwe, told Daily Sun
how Matthew made life a living hell for the deceased because she gave
birth to only female children.
“I lived close to their apartment
as a single lady for over six years; we were close neighbours. Though
they were not married legally as confirmed by Hannah, she was hopeful
for the future. She really suffered much in the hands of that beast,”
She recalled that when the deceased delivered her
last girl, her lover abandoned them at the hospital and stopped the
neighbours from bathing the baby or assisting the mother.
he continued maltreating them and calling the baby a bastard. He is a
sadist. He doesn’t greet or respond to greetings from neighbours,” she
As soon as the incident occurred, Lugbe women took to the
streets to protest the gruesome murder of Hannah, whom they described as
a rare gem.
Speaking on behalf of Lugbe Women Community, Lan
Musa, a native of Kogi State, expressed outrage over the death of the
mother of three and called for a stop to domestic violence.
who has also suffered domestic violence, said Hannah’s death was the
third incident of women who have been killed as a result of domestic
violence in the locality.
She called on government to take a decisive stand to curb the ugly trend.
a friend of the deceased, who she visited on the morning of the day she
was killed, Mrs. Felicia Zira, told Abuja Metro with tears in her eyes
that: “Hannah complained bitterly how her live-in-lover had been
maltreating her for years, beating her uncontrollably, issuing threats
to her life.”
“I adviced her to report the matter to her relatives
or relevant authorities, like Ministry of Women Affairs, to tackle the
domestic violence and stop its recurrence,” she said.
the deceased’s neighbours, Mrs. Joy Ogu, said the the late Hannah lived
in fear all through her co-habitation with Matthew, who she respected
According to her, “In a bid to make life meaningful
for herself and children, she engaged in menial jobs in a nearby school,
where she sneaked out every morning to clean without the knowledge of
her husband, through which she was able to save N10,000 to enable her to
set up petty business.
“Painfully, when she started selling
kerosine and some foodstuff, he stopped giving them token for feeding,
leaving her to worry about their upkeep.”
Ogu lamented that Hannah who desperately craved for a male child, did not live to birth her baby boy.
said: “Our pastor and some members of the church took her to the
mortuary, they evacuated the baby before taking her to the mortuary;
they testified it was a handsome male child. What a tragic loss!
feel so bad that she died a painful death. Why would a man beat an
eight-months-old pregnant woman as if he was in wrestling contest with
his fellow man?
“Whitish substances were gushing out from her mouth
and he saw her losing life, yet he continued beating her to accomplish
his mission,” she said.
Spokesman for the FCT Police Command, ASP
Usen Omorodion, confirmed that Matthew was in the custody of the
Criminal Investigation Department, noting that he would be arraigned in
“He is with us at the State CID for further
investigation. However, we would arraign him in court next week for
judgement,” the PPRO said. (TheSunNews)