Tragedy struck on Vandeikya street, Makurdi, Benue state capital, when a woman took her own life after allegedly killing her husband and children.
The woman’s husband was identified as Nicholas Adetsav. He and his wife were said to be staff of Makurdi local government council.
Moses Yamu, spokesman of the Makurdi police command, told NAN that the woman is the primary suspect of the attack.
“His wife, believed to be responsible for the death of the quartet, also killed herself,” Yamu said.
“From information available to us, the woman has been having issues with her husband which might have culminated into this.
“They have been having issues; just yesterday(Friday), the woman was seen with a pestle trying to smash her husband’s car. No one knows the cause of their frequent fights.”
He said that police personnel sent to the house found the man foaming in the mouth, the three kids already dead, while the woman, also dead, was found holding a knife in her hands.
“The incident happened at 8:30pm on Friday; from what we have gathered, the couple fight on daily basis,” he told NAN.
Yamu said investigation had begun toward determining the reasons for the actions, while the corpses had been deposited at the St. Theresa’s Catholic Hospital, Makurdi.
Akange Audu, chairman, Makurdi council, confirmed that the couple were employees of the local government.
“The husband worked in the department of finance while his wife worked with the department of agriculture,” she said.
She also confirmed that the couple “were always fighting”, adding that the woman had warned neighbors to stay off their fights.
Some of the neighbours, who spoke to NAN,also said that the couple had been having issues.
One of the neighbors told NAN that she stopped intervening in their quarrels when the woman threatened her with a knife during one of such interventions.