The family of Yetunde Balogun has countered allegations that the mother of two took her own life by taking the deadly insecticide Sniper.
Mrs Balogun died on April 11 in Ilorin, Kwara State under unclear circumstances. Her friends and family have been calling for justice.
Younger sister of the 31-year-old Oluwapelumi Balogun said Yetunde told her that she was maltreated by her husband.
“They said she took Sniper while some said she took rat poison. But my younger sister who is schooling in Ilorin wanted to go and get the children after Yetunde’s death but the mother-in-law said the children were hospitalised because they also ate the food Yetunde ate.
“The mother-in-law said she was the one who prepared the last food Yetunde ate but she herself did not eat from it because she took pap,” Oluwapelumi said.
She further noted that a doctor informed them that reports showed that Yetunde, a graduate of the University of Ilorin, died of food poison.
Police in Kwara told BBC Pidgin that the case was reported by the husband’s brother who said Yetunde took Sniper because she was having issues with her husband.
Kwara police spokesperson Okasanmi Ajayi said the case is being investigated.
Yetunde’s case comes amid growing concerns over domestic violence following the death of gospel singer Osinachi Nwachukwu.