A Nigerian man, Martin Ebegbodi, has been charged with murder after he confessed to shooting his wife, Isioma Ebegbodi, to death around 3 a.m. on Saturday March 22, 2014 in West Harris County in Texas. USA.
Reports say Mr Ebegbodi, 63-years old, went to a neighbour's house and asked him to call police after getting into an argument and then shooting his wife to death. The Harris County Sheriff's Department arrived at the house in the 19700 block of Youpon Leaf Way and arrested Mr. Ebegbodi.
His wife Dr Isioma Ebegbodi nee Unokanjo was aged 36 years and attended Queen's College Yaba Lagos and studied medicine at the University of Lagos.
This incident seems to continue a recent alarming trend in the Nigerian community in the USA where Nigerian men in America have been killing their wives. In the last few years, there have been multiple cases of Nigerian men in the USA killing their wives.
Some recent incidents:
- On December 27th, 2013, Babatope Owoseni was arrested in East Orange, New Jersey in connection with the death of his wife who was nine months pregnant at the time of her death.
- In July 2010, a Nigerian man living in Tampa, Florida, USA was accused of killing his wife after a fight broke out between them and he told the neighbours to call 911 because his wife was having heart attack but when the police arrived they discovered a baseball bat covered with the wife's blood
- In 2008, a Nigerian man living in South Carolina, USA, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for stabbing his wife to death.
- In 2008, another Nigerian man in the USA, called 911 and said, "I have killed the woman that mess my life up.... a woman that had destroyed me". He was charged with first-degree, premeditated murder.
- In 2007, a Nigerian man in Garland, Texas, USA was arrested by police after he called to inform them of his wife's death from blunt-force trauma to the head.
- Another Nigerian man in the USA kills his wife - then kills himself
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OMOTAYO, J. A. Eldoret, KENYA October 15, 2014
This is madness, and it is a disturbing news trend. Killing a wife is not the only way out of a troubled marriage. There is still room for divorce. And where the law is strict against divorce, there is room for separation. Separation is as good as that of a married couple leaving in different towns, states or countries as a result of gainful employment.
Living with a woman can be frustrating. But that is often the situation. Everyman wants to marry his wife. But rather than being a wife, she turns to be a woman in the home (I shall explain: A wife is always caring and supportive, but a woman is always aggressive and demanding). 80-90% of marriages are like that. It does not matter the age, time, location, education, wealth or royalty. For example, King David was forced to cause his wife.
Husbands must note that even if they do not need the women in their homes, the children would definitely need them. Killing such women is denying the children motherly part of their existence. Again, some of these women are daughters of other parents with permanent biological, economic, social and spiritual attachements. I cannot imagine hearing that my son-in-law has killed my daughter or vice versa. Killing of women in the home should be condemned, no matter the grievances involved.
For safety reasons, women who have troubles in their marriages should not argue with thier husbands when there are no elderly third parties. And when an argument is getting too strong, such women should vacate the home until peace returns.
Leave my HOME is better than leave my WORLD. Those who leave homes can return but not those who leave the world. God save Nigeria.