Mr. Ralph Wilcox, from Bonny LGA in Rivers State, has narrated how his houseboy killed his wife on her birthday and also tried to kill him too.
His wife, Victoria Wilcox, a mother of two, from Arondizuogu, Imo state, woke on that fateful day to mark her 55th birthday, not knowing it was going to be her last day.
Abdulkareem Babangida alias Abba, from Kachia LGA of Kaduna State, has been arrested for killing Victoria Wilcox with the aid of a newly acquired cutlass in her residence in Abuja.
Vanguard News reports that the mother-of-two was murdered on June 1, 2020, around 8 pm. It is reported that Abba after clubbing his boss to death and dragging her lifeless body under a tree in the compound, had waited patiently to administer the same treatment to her husband, Ralph.
Narrating his experience, the widower, Mr. Ralph Wilcox, said he had returned home that day to find that his house was dark and his wife not in. Unknown to him that Abba had murdered her, wrapped her in a nylon bag, and had put on the generator to muzzle out the sound of her cries. He said;
“I went out to find out what the problem was and the next thing I heard was the sound of an axe on my head. He started hitting me and hitting until I collapsed, I fell on the floor and felt tickle of blood over my head. By then I was weak and when he thought he had killed me, he went inside the house to look for the key of my newly bought Jeep in the house.
It was God Almighty that raised me after I collapsed again and battled to draw attention in the pool of my blood. I escaped to the road, where I met someone coming with a jeep who saw me and reversed to call security men.”
Abba who initially claimed not to know how to drive, on the beckon of sympathizers he sold a lie to, drove his boss to the National hospital.
“It was like I was in a trance. I remember vomiting and dying. The last thing I said was ‘branch to the police station and tell them…’ until I found myself in the hospital.”
Wilcox continued: “While in the hospital undergoing blood transfusion in preparation for brain surgery, the news went around the estate and people started coming to visit in the hospital and immediately the first set arrived the hospital, Abba had reversed the vehicle to escape. But when the people saw him they blocked him, and started interrogating him.”
When asked what happened, he claimed they were attacked by armed robbers until he was taken home by 2 am, where the lifeless body of the madam was found under a tree. It was then they suspected Abba had killed his madam.
When subjected to further interrogation, Abba admitted that he killed her.
On why he killed her, he initially lied that they were not paying his salaries as and when due. He later said she was bringing Christian sacramentals to her shop for him, a Muslim, to sell, which he said offended him. He added that he wanted to kill the couple and sell their car, house, and other valuables.
Wilcox wondered what his wife did wrong for Abba to choose to repay his kindness with evil.