The mysterious death of a 25-year-old pregnant housewife along the Ebis Mechanic road in Amarata area of Yenagoa Local Government Council Area of the State has sparked off controversy in the state.
The deceased housewife identified as Blessing and an indigene of Epie speaking part of the State capital, reportedly vomited blood last Tuesday and died few hours later after attempts by neighbour and family members to administer medical care.
It was gathered that the husband of the deceased, identified as Tunde, has been arrested by the Police after some neighbours and angry Epie indigenes accused him of contributing to the death of the woman due to his refusal to release money to fund treatment needed by the deceased wife.
Tunde, according to residents of the area, was beaten to a pulp on Wednesday morning by irate youths of the area over alleged complicity in the death of the wife. Tunde is said to be a beneficiary of the Presidential Amnesty Programme and deals in generator engine oil.
A friend to Tunde, who pleaded anonymity, claimed that the only crime of the husband was his refusal to come home and sponsor the medical treatment needed by the sick wife before she died.
According to him, “Tunde is an indigene of Ibadan in Oyo State and spent most of his life in Bayelsa State. The deceased and Tunde had three kids and have been having issues and quarrels in the last few weeks. A fortnight ago, they had a quarrel and Tunde left home in anger.
“On Tuesday last week, the woman developed strange health complications and was vomiting blood. Some concerned neighbours and family members put a call through to Tunde, as her husband, but he did not show up. About 11pm, when they decided to rush the deceased woman to the hospital, she died.
“On Wednesday morning, some concerned friends called Tunde on mobile phone and told him the sad news and the gravity of the accusation. He decided to show up. On sighting him, family members of the deceased woman descended on him and beat him to a pulp. He was rescued by a police patrol team and taken to the A division of the police.”
However, attempts by family members to move the deceased corpse for burial rites were rebuffed by the police. The Corpse has been deposited at the morgue for autopsy.
Contacted on the development, the spokesman of the State Police Command, AsImin Butswat, confirmed the incident and said investigation was ongoing.