Ex-wife of a Deputy Superintendent of Police, late Joseph Idehen, Pastor (Mrs.) Taiwo Idehen, has denied that she and her three children Samuel, Michael and Ruth killed her husband.
She said her 64-year-old husband slumped in his house, 5, Odetola Street, Alagbado, Lagos: “Her daughter, Ruth, was with him when the incident happened. She quickly alerted neighbours, who rushed him to a nearby hospital.
“When the matter became critical, they were advised to take him to Ota General Hospital, Ota, Ogun state where he died.”
She alleged that since his demise in July 2016, she has been subjected to in-human treatment with her children.
“At various times, we were remanded in Ikoyi and Kiriki prisons. As a result of police torture, I lost my front teeth. Samuel and Michael have also been subjected to serious brutality. Their houses have been visited and attempts made on their lives,” Mrs. Idehen claimed.
She also alleged that some family members of her husband resisted the burial of Idehen in his ancestral home at Aragba, Delta State: “Attempts were made to exhume the body after the burial but other members of my late husband’s family stood their ground.
“Based on a petition, I was arraigned with my three children before High Court 1, Igbosere, Lagos on a six-count charge bordering on murder, forgery of death certificate, falsification of document and theft of millions of naira from the deceased’s account.”
Mrs. Idehen said her life and that of her children are in serious danger, thereby calling for protection: “Desperate desire to lay hold of the properties left behind by my late husband has orchestrated their constant harassment even when the case is already in court.
“On the day he died, I was in my house at Ikorodu when my daughter Ruth called to inform me that their father was seriously sick. When I got to the hospital, Joseph had already passed on.
“My children were very close to their father. They knew his health challenges. I could not have killed a man that I have not lived with for the past 29 years. As the only legally married wife to Joseph Idehen, custom demands that I must participate in the burial. That I did with my children.
“I have spent everything I have on this matter. They want to kill me or send us to jail because of the property left behind by my late husband.”