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“He should just report himself to the Police and stop hiding” – WATCH the Family of Late Ronke Shonde speak out



In this exclusive clip from Sahara Reporters, the families of late Ronke Shonde, who was allegedly beaten to death on Thursday by her husband, Lekan Shonde, have said that the husband has been calling from his hiding place and asking to see his children for a last time.

The deceased’s family said Lekan’s statements (click here) suggest that he is apprehensive about turning himself in and he might be up to attempting suicide. They said Ronke’s mother has “forgiven him”.

Watch what they have to say below.


  1. Dolapo

    May 9, 2016 at 11:44 am

    What a tragedy,sad.

  2. Suga

    May 9, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Hmmm, may God forbid evil around me and my entire generation, amen. No amount of hate, words or even the husband’s life can bring back Ronkes life. If only death has a cure. May God almighty continue to console this family.

  3. Atanda

    May 9, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Ronke’s mother has forgiven him ke? I guess, some people are better Christians than me. As a mother, I will never forgive anybody who intentionally kills my daughter in front of her children especially not this early. Maybe the family has dirty secrets we public don’t know.

    • Bey

      May 9, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      My dear that saying he is forgiven, might be a coy to get him to come out of hiding.
      Even if d mother inlaw forgives him, he still will be prosecuted by the state. It will be him versus the state, not him versus Ronke’s mother.
      Which dirty secret? You ppl watch too much African Magic.

    • Corolla

      May 9, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      Yeah, I think they said that so he can come out of hiding.

  4. Bola

    May 9, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Teebillz friend. The new thing is when you can’t handle the mess you’ve made of your life start to threaten sucide for sympathy. Sad thing is Nigerians are so gullible it works. Imagine the mother saying she’s forgiven him, why won’t men keep killing their wives in such a society ?!

  5. Olu

    May 9, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    It will be well,He will face his warrant,let him keep running.Death is the reward,no talk.

  6. Omoté

    May 9, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Several lessons can be learnt from this unfortunate incident. Every relationship has the potential to degenerate to physical violence, whatever you feed grows. I can’t entirely blame Lekan, it takes two to have a fight. It’s just that in this case Ronke died it could have been Lekan with a knife in his chest. #SayNoToDomesticViolence

    • What?

      May 9, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      It takes two? Are you actually okay!? Do you know how many people are violent just because? Think of all the horrible things you’ve done to your partner and vice versa. Did you beat the person?

      You’re the problem with society o. You and your fake ass holy behaviour and neutrality.

    • Bola

      May 9, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      Many times it’s not a fight but a beating. Does he have any marks on his own body to suggest it was a fight? Even the man is not saying it was a fight so I don’t know why you feel the need to make such accusations and generalizations about a woman that’s not here to defend herself

    • Iris

      May 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      And who said it was a fight? It sounds like it was a beating. Nowhere should a war of words degenerate into violence, and this is what many people seem not to be able to wrap their minds around. Once you have beaten someone to death, the concept of ‘It takes two’ has gone out the window.

  7. Prince

    May 9, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    that’s all he needs to do if truly he’s not guilty

  8. Sherry

    May 9, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Wow,sounds like committing suicide is trending. So cowardly.

  9. Chinedu

    May 9, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Did the mother in law say she forgives him. Why do I feel this is a ploy to gain him sympathy. This is the value we place on female life in African society. Just imagine if it had been something trivial as the daughter committing adultery or having a child out of wedlock would the mother in law be so public with her forgiveness or support.. Just think about it. We are able to forgive murder but fornication and having children out of wedlock we want to cast brimstone and fire. Now you see why Africans are suffering. With this mentality why want we continue to suffer. And they are even entertaining his calls. Na wa oh!

    I hope the state prosecutes him to the fullest extent.

    • molarah

      May 9, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Are adultery and having children out of wedlock trivial issues? The problem is – all our priorities are out of wack. It’s the same way people condemning domestic violence will with the same mouth condone abortions – but both speak to the low regard we have for the value of life. Your wrong set of priorities cannot correct or cancel out another person’s wrong set of priorities. Where things started going wrong is when fear of God left the land and His Commandments became the His Suggestions. The vices that have become commonplace in our society (violence, infidelity, divorce, murder) will not exist in a society that upholds the commandment to love. It’s actually that straightforward.

    • molarah

      May 9, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      “became His Suggestions”

  10. bimpe

    May 9, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    These are without a doubt the very stable members that can give intelligent answers… i can only imagine the restrain they’ve put up not to air their piece of mind, and you can b sure that a family member is going to carry this matter to one baba somewhere…

    • Lucinda

      May 9, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      Exactly. Tbh they look way too calm. Though some people are naturally like this and if it’s real, then I salute and admire the mature way they’re approaching it. According to Lao Tzu: “The best fighter is never angry”.

  11. @What

    May 9, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    I’m very, very, very okay and no I’m not what is wrong with Nigeria! I only had a different view from yours! You do not face a charging n raging bull head on! He didn’t start today, you do not for any reason engage a man who beats you! What he did is inexcusable! You are married to a serial wife beater, you know how every argument virtually ends! If you are not ready to leave him then you get smart and protect yourself! ‘Nah who die dey lose!’ Never engage him! No one knows how a fight ends until it ends! She could have pushed him and he may have been the one who died.

    • Bola

      May 9, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      And you know she engaged him because?

    • Omoté

      May 9, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      And you know she didn’t because?

  12. Teegirl

    May 9, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Unforgiveness is cancerous. The deed has been done. Mr. Shonde will surely face God’s wrath; there’s no point carrying the burden of unforgiveness my dear.

  13. kiki

    May 9, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Bastard man.May God help us choose wisely whom i spend our lives with ooo
    this marriage thing is scary sha .But God knows i would NEVER stay back or keep quiet if any man beats me.(The only man who has whooped my ass is my dad) thats why i have to make me some good money. Cant take shit when the chips are down. gotta be able to fend for me and kids.
    but God go help us sha. I just wanna love,be loved and stay happy in my marriage,forever…..
    is that too much to ask?

  14. Radiant

    May 9, 2016 at 2:12 pm


  15. claire

    May 9, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    The reason why most women or men remain in an abusive marriage is because of what their family members would say. Not even their friends but their uncles and aunties. On my wedding day my dad took the microphone and said to my husband, my son you are a gentleman from all I have seen and so I want you to take care of my daughter. If u think you can no longer tolerate her, send her back to me. Dnt beat her because I have never done that to her. And people started laughing. He looked at them and said it was not a joke. My father inlaw replied him by saying I was already his daughter and there was no need to worry. My hubby and I are not perfect but we respect each other. We say it just like it is and cool off if anyone of us gets offended. We just have to learn how to talk to each other and leave our hands and objects for what they are meant for.

  16. Mchewwwwwww....

    May 9, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Na everybody get dirty secret like your family? Mchewwwwwww….
    To err is human, to forgive is divine.

  17. Mobo

    May 9, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    The truth is that the Nigerian society has not equipped women to walk away from such a relationship. Let us be real. Easier said than done. There are many successful young promising women leading a double life. Go-getter during the day, and punching bag at night. The family/societal pressure is high, plus people castigate the woman by saying she has either cheated or has run her mouth hence her receiving a beating. What if the woman has done no wrong? Women living alone with their kids are harassed and portrayed badly by the same society that screams at her to leave a husband who beats her. She is side-lined once she decides to give up her marriage; and whispers trail her as she walks by groups of people. Society makes her life a living hell. Tagged a loose woman. She must be sleeping with someone to be that successful and alone. So its in between the devil and the deep blue sea really. The Shonde man is a bloody liar!. My husband for instance has hit me before several times for absolutely no reason. Just because he has gone out to drink and is drunk. The next thing is to descend on me at night to satisfy his inferiority complex that his wife is currently more successful than him. He gets his meals prepared by me, the house is cleaned by me, kids taken care of by me, and I still manage to have a successful career; yet the appreciation I get is hits at night and claim in the morning that it was the alcohol at work with a half-ass apology. But I bid my time to avoid societal evil. Three things need to happen. Firstly; men like Shonde need to be PUNISHED accordingly for their acts (publicly); secondly, society needs to begin to embrace women who decide to live their lives without a man; and thirdly the 112 line needs to be made highly effective by Gov. Ambode.

  18. Jamce

    May 9, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    @Mobo, you are a bundle of contradiction. We are talking of safety and you are here compalaining of a drunkard and violent husband with “half-ass apology” after beating you. Maybe invisible chains are tying you down there. Pray you don’t become another victim for media discussions and analysis.

    • Sisi

      May 9, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      Amen for Sis Mobo. Better reevaluate

  19. FormerVictimSurvivor

    May 9, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Nigeria killed Ronke….did you see her picture posing with her wedding ring ? She was beaten by that ugly man regularly but she still took multiple professional pictures posing happily living a big fat lie ….so big that she was out of touch with reality …This superficial lifestyle so popular esp in Lagos must STOP! Be authentic ……stop tolerating or enduring DV now !!

  20. Jadem

    May 9, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    I think her mum should keep her forgivenes private for now. There is no need of stiring up sympathy now. This is a murder case (govt vs Mr Shonde) The outcome of this case will deter intending offenders. Its time to stop DV. JUSTICE MUST BE SERVED!!!!!!!

  21. sholz

    May 10, 2016 at 1:39 am

    Pl can be so judgemental…we heard of d guy whom his wife killed…shit happens it could be d man or woman.judge not what u Dnt Knw…let God and d govt be the judge.only God knows why happened. Prayer is always d key and direction….civilization has eating us deep that we forget in this part of Africa..juju is real.this could be a spell……

  22. Jamce

    May 10, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    @Mobo, are still there and waiting for Ambode to make line 112 effective, so that you can call when next you are battered? Or you are more concerned with what people will say as against being more concernee for your life and children? It’s a person who is alive that can call 112.

    Move to your parents or friends first. Then if he values you, he will do the needful to be a better husband before you go back to him if at all. Perhaps, you are too scared to live without a man in your life… Good luck to you.

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