A preliminary autopsy report on late Ronke Shonde has said the victim was not killed by the marks of violence on her. PUNCH Metro learnt that the result, which was still sketchy, showed that the cause of the death might be more complex than earlier thought.
Our correspondent had reported how Lekan, 51, allegedly beat his wife, Ronke, to death at their home in the Egbeda-Idimu area of the state last Thursday.
Lekan, a dock worker in the Apapa area, who spoke with our correspondent while in hiding, had denied complicity in the death, saying he only slapped her that night.
He instead accused Ronke of sleeping with one Kayode, the general manager of a publishing company where she worked as the human resources manager.
After three days in hiding, the suspect gave himself up to the poilce. A source on Tuesday said the report was still being compiled, adding that only a phase had been completed.
He said, “As of now, the report showed that the marks of violence on the victim have nothing to do with her death. Other areas are still being explored. The actual thing that killed her has not been stated.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the police had yet to get the report.
She said, “I just spoke with the people in charge now and they said the result is not complete yet. I will advise we exercise patience and caution. The police are also monitoring the case and we intend to get the report soon. This will be disclosed to the public.”
Meanwhile, the management of Learn Africa, the publishing firm where Ronke and Kayode worked, said on Tuesday that the duo left the firm in March.
A statement from the company on Tuesday, said both Ronke and Kayode left the employ of the organisation on the 8th and 10th of March 2016, respectively.
The statement read in part, “Late Mrs. Ronke Shonde and Mr. Kayode Oluokun were former employees of Learn Africa Plc. However, as of the time of Mrs. Shonde’s death, they had ceased to be workers of Learn Africa Plc since the 8th and 10th of March 2016, respectively.
“During the period of their employment, the management is not in a position to confirm or deny the existence of a relationship between these former employees in any other capacity other than as colleagues.”