Patrick Markson, 46, committed himself in Bayelsa State after reportedly killing his 35-year-old wife, Hannah.
The event occurred in the early hours of Thursday, August 26 on Odede Street, Tombia-Amassoma Road, Yenagoa, the state capital.
According to witnesses, the man, who is supposed to be a Yenagoa Local Government employee, allegedly bludgeoned his wife to death with a sledgehammer in her sleep, and she died on the scene.
He was reported to have watched the woman bleed to death before drinking a deadly chemical that was later identified as insecticide and dying next to the bleeding body.
The dispute, according to Vanguard, is over money earned through a contract given to the husband by some members of his wife’s family.
A woman close to the deceased woman told the publication that she was nice and didn’t have time for fights.
“Yesterday, we were frying gari, and the husband called me that he wanted to speak with my sister if we were together. I told him that when I get to where she was, I will pass the message. On reaching her, I told her and immediately we tried reaching him but we couldn’t,” the woman narrated.
“Later he called again, but I had left where she was so he told me to tell her to bring gari for home use. This morning (Thursday), the son called me that the mum was seen dead and he wants me to come
“As I was going to the house, I called him and ask of the dad and he told me the dad too was dead. So when I got to their house I went straight to the room and saw them both lying on the bed dead. But I noticed a can of poison by the bed and a big hammer.”
She added that they had matrimonial issues, but she that had often intervened.
“The genesis of their problems was when my husband died and I had a contract which I engaged him to benefit from. After the contract, he got N800,000 for himself and never gave anything to the wife. She was bitter and reported the issue to me.”