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Wife Beaten to Death by her Husband in Lagos | Family Petitions for Justice




The family of a woman allegedly beaten to death by her husband, has called on the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Kayode Aderanti to intervene in the case so that justice can be served.

The deceased Obiageli Anajekwu, 37, died two days after she was severely beaten by her husband, Anajekwu, Sun reports.

This is Obiageli’s story:

Obiageli got married to Anajekwu (traditional marriage) in 2002. After their marriage, Anajekwu’s business encountered hard times, and he decided to return to Brazil where he had been previously based, and promised to return in 2003, by which time it was hoped that the business would have improved.

However, Anajekwu did not return till 2011, and on his way back to the country through Cameroon, he was arrested and jailed for 3 years for suspected drug offenses.

While he was in jail, Obiageli would visit him often and take care of all his needs. She reportedly spent her life savings of over N850,000 taking care of him while he was incarcerated.

In 2013, he finally returned home.

Things seemed to be going smoothly until one day in December 2014 when he beat Obiageli because he found a charm in her bag. He  threatened to end the marriage.

Anajekwu’s father subsequently revealed that he was the one who gave Obiageli the charm for protection purposes. According to the father, Obiageli had suddenly developed swollen legs, and a traditional healer had revealed that she had developed the condition because some evil members of the family were trying to attack her as well as himself.

After hearing his father’s testimony, Anajekwu still insisted that he wanted to send Obiageli away, and so they struck a deal: Anajekwu would set up a supermarket for Obiageli and refund her the money she spent taking care of him while in prison. It was, however, also agreed that his wife would remain with him until he fulfilled all the aspects of agreements which he said he would do after selling his house.

However, on January 19 2015, Anajekwu beat up his wife and summoned a friend of his to assist with the beating. Afterwards, he threw her out of the house at 1 a.m, leaving her with severe injuries.

She ran to a friend’s house and the friend advised her to report the matter to the police. However, the police did not intervene until she died two days later. Afterwards, the police arrested Anajekwu but released him almost immediately.

“Our pain is that police investigation had been very slow and tardy, making us to suspect that we may not get justice.   The police have been demanding  various sums of money from us  for embalmment and autopsy which we have paid, but they have bluntly refused to  charge the matter to court.

“We hereby appeal to CP Aderanti to wade into the matter so that the law will take its cause.  We demand for justice so that our sister’s soul will rest in peace,” the family wrote in the petition to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police .

Photo Credit: Poco_bw/ (*Photo is for illustrative purposes only*)


  1. tee

    March 18, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Sad….but it sounds like nollywood movies…it is well

    • *Real* Nice Anon

      March 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      What EXACTLY is well about this whole story?

  2. ChiChiChilolo

    March 18, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    This is really sad! After all that she went through for the man. I wish i could hear the man’s side of the story. If found guilty he should be properly brought to book.. Chai! Palavas in marriage. God please send me my best friend in marriage. #AHonestPlea

    • Just Sayin'

      March 18, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      To even think that he “summoned his friend to assist him in beating her”!!!

      The man is an animal! I don’t need to hear any side of his story.

  3. Funmi

    March 18, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Lord have mercy. I hope justice is served! Ladies please quit abusive marriages. This is so ridiculous

  4. Justme

    March 18, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Will they now! when he was beating her what did the family members do? so because she is death now they want justice huh? to my friends & family dont wait till am death and cold mbok.

    • Yes?

      March 18, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      My dear..don’t wait till you are “death” before you learnt to write better! Don’t allow this your grammar to cause death to others, mbok!

    • Yes?

      March 18, 2015 at 1:48 pm


    • Nahum

      March 18, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      And yet you made your own grammatical blunder in your haste to attack someone over theirs. Now don’t you feel silly?

    • Choiiii

      March 18, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      What a faux pas!

    • Rach

      March 18, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      “Don’t allow this your grammar…” really; and you are talking about grammar?

  5. OD

    March 18, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Women!!! how many times did i call. Please when your man turns physical and violent. I beg carry your kaya ( I mean bag and baggages) and go. The woman is dead so sad. Her family wants justice now, but that will not bring her back. The did has been done.

    Again women please dont stand to fight your husbands, men are stronger, they will beat us any day.

    • Naijatalk

      March 19, 2015 at 4:29 am

      Once ma!

  6. ms.b

    March 18, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Nigeria police should have a dept that deals with domestic violence and rape. Bcos d police can be sooooooooo danm useless when it cums to issues of voilence against women, unless sum1 high n mighty Is involved or an NGO helps. When sum police officers beat women daily. So sad, useless anejekwu, all ds broke husbands sef, der can have issues.

  7. Bola

    March 18, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Nigerian police sha ! Women and men please get out of abusive relationships and marriages. Especially in these parts where a lot of men who beat their wives to death will get away with it due to the wack justice system.

  8. Bella

    March 18, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Honestly, what kind of barbaric animal behaviour is this? So the parents didn’t see it fit for them to take their daughter back but rather send her back to her husband till they separated? Now they want justice.? what did they think will happen till the date she was to leave? Chai… sometimes we are our own worst enemies o. Never mind the pain and emotional traumas she went through with his on his perilous life journey and to be repaid with death by beating, instead of committing his life to her for her support through it all. Some men are wicked creatures. Ladies, do not stay in any forms of abusive relationship, death is most always the end result of such things. May her tortured soul finally find peace. RIP

    • Anon

      March 18, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      And some people say it is good to suffer with a man, because he won’t forget you when things become better… old wives’ tales.
      You can’t use permutation and combination to determine human character.

  9. zee

    March 18, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    This is so sad! I hope the family gets justice.

  10. hmm

    March 18, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Please correct grammar with common sense, no be everybody sabi how to write ..We learn day by day…so much for love

  11. missappleberry

    March 18, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Story aside, did anyone notice that the lady’s dread in the pic for this article is so neat and gorgeous? I love it. I do not support domestic violence by the way *sashays away*

    • tunmi

      March 18, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      I know. I think those are faux locks.

      Onto the matter. What else do we expect? On one hand, how to tell if your man is cheating/how to get a man/stay dick-riding till eternity. On the other hand stories of domestic violence, assaults, rape, and absolute disrespect of a woman as her own person. I truly am no longer shocked at these stories. I want to keep reading them to someday see improvements in our thinking, but I can’t be surprised anymore. What else do you fucking expect when you actively and passively reduce women to playthings without an opinion or without their own minds only to serve at the feet of men? What else do you expect?

  12. Angel

    March 18, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    How do peeps live like this? I understand our cultural beliefs kinda not helping matter but for goodness sakes, how do one get married, next the man moves to another country, was supposed to come back the next year but somehow came back after 8 years with drug related issues, and just as expected, the woman was on hand to welcome him back and even take care of his issues with her life savings. Only for the man to get back on his feet and beat the woman to death. I have no words for the role the wife’s family played in all these, it’s just sad.

  13. Animal Doctor

    March 18, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    It’s that stay married or die trying syndrome. Just nuts!

    That’s why I laugh whenever anyone says they don’t believe in divorce under any circumstance. That’s like a 5 year old saying they are never going to get married. That child will never know until he/she grows up to be an adult. Same way you’ll never know till you are in a marriage.

  14. TheTruthMustBeSaid

    March 18, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Most Nigerian Policemen are wife beaters so they don’t care when women report cases of beatings from men, Even the Nigerian Police Woman will say: No mind she no get respect for her husband. na so women of nowadays dey do. Like shes not a woman! My hands are to provide, protect, and hold fiancee’s hands when we make love and she shouts ooooh honey. I will never lay hands on a woman. My rule number 1

  15. papermoon

    March 18, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    So wat, no one heard her cries for help….no one saw her been beaten…. Wat are we becoming?

  16. cool babe

    March 19, 2015 at 3:29 am

    May her soul rest in peace. It’s so sad. But really once he clearly said he wasn’t interested in the marriage she should have left the house instantly. I bet he could still pay her back even though they weren’t under the same roof. I hear women say things aren’t working right but we still live together pending xyz….. It could be very risky … A thin line between love and hate.

  17. MAry

    March 19, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    @ cool babe.. there really is a thin line between love and hate… life and death…. happiness and misery.
    marriage in Nigeria has become a do or die affair.. people are not interested in your happiness, but they just want you to get married at all cost.. if u no quick marry, then you have a spiritual problem. meanwhile God may just want to keep you alive by keeping u away from evil men.
    this is really sad… she had no form of happiness and then the one thing she thought would make her happy killed her..

  18. Nkoyo Geronimo

    March 19, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Here is my problem with this whole story, this lady was in her friends house for 2 days after being severely beaten by her husband. Why didn’t she and her friend sort to go to the hospital atleast? Even before the police station. It’s doesn’t matter what the whole story is, she didn’t deserve to die and strongly believe that maybe just maybe she will be alive today if they had visited the hospital. May her soul rest in peace………

  19. Jennie Oluchi

    March 20, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Women tend to stay in abusive marriages because of shame of what people would say. this is so sad. As a past victim of domestic violence myself, i would advise any woman in that situation, DONT STAY there oo.. run for you life. it is better to be alive than to endure years of abusive. your well being is more important than any marriage.

  20. Joke

    March 23, 2015 at 3:01 am

    Intimate Partner violence is done because women allow it the first time and stay for the other times because they are flaky emotional beings forgetting men are logical beings who only learn by consequence. My own male cousin told me this. It was obviously not the first time he hit her. Marriage should be enjoyed not endured. As for me, I believe we as woman are more informed now and any woman who stays in an abusive marriage just to be Mrs. at all cost will find what she is looking for. RIP.

  21. salem

    April 15, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Bible or quran divorce is not encourage but when a man beat his wife he should be left to stay alone till deliverance is done on him .But parent please do not leave your daughter for animal to manage .marriage is to be enjoyed not endured.

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