The erstwhile transition chairman of Nnewi North Local Government of Anambra state, Mr. Mbazulike Iloka who is involved with the allegation of homicide and thus, suspended from office, has released a press statement stressing that his wife did not die from spousal abuse.
The statement reads in part:
On Sunday, 7th of August 2022, my family members and I woke up and after our family prayer rites, we went about our affairs for that day. I was out of the house for most of the morning as mine involved physically attending to various social and cultural events alongside visiting friends. Details of the groups and individuals involved have been provided to law enforcement agencies.
My dear late wife was involved in coordinating aspects of home affairs and processing some transactions related to my business to the tune of nearly N1,000,000 and others involving my local committee of friends. Evidence of these abound via SMS and WhatsApp conversations between us as well as bank transfer receipts she sent me as evidence of success of the transactions. All these happened on Sunday; at a time the fifth columnists insist She was involved in a fight with me; when in fact, we were not in the same location.
As we proceeded with our affairs in our respective locations, I had cause to interact with my dear late wife over telephone in the course of which I mentioned to Her that She wasn’t sounding as one in perfect health. She admitted but assured me she had taken painkillers and will be fine. Evidence of this conversation is available and can be extracted using my call logs.
I returned home after some hours and together with my friend, Ikemefuna Edokwe sat at a round table a few steps away from the gate which is about 50 metered from the house my family lived in then called my dear wife to serve us some food. Ikemefuna Edokwe had earlier in the day visited my house and conveyed me in His motorcycle to attend the events I referred to above after engaging my dear late wife in a friendly chat.
My wife happily obliged and proceeded to do same. On dishing the food, she started walking towards the gate where I sat with Ikemefuna Edokwe from the main building which is about 50 meters apart to serve us the food when she suddenly screamed and slumped; landing first with her face on the concrete wall as she struggled to gain balance and eventually with Her forehead on the iron and concrete slab which was casted a very long time ago by builders as part of the foundation for our main house.
This happened in broad daylight; not indoors as suggested by stories planted in the media; right before me, my friend; Ikemefuna Edokwe and her domestic aide, Daniel (who was serving the food with Her); all of whom are still alive and are the first individuals who rushed to administer first aid on my late wife and then joined me in rushing Her to the hospital where She was pronounced dead after medical examination.
My brothers and sister, I have lived an open life since my adulthood; spanning over 35 years.
The house I live in with my late wife is an open place; accessible to all and sundry; and it is known to even my worst enemy that my wife was a supreme figure in my life after God Almighty.
We did everything together and went everywhere together. She was my pulse and perfectly held brief for me; even in my presence.
More importantly, I have no issues with my inlaws. Since this unfortunate incident happened, both families have been in touch and have been mourning her. My children have been with me at home because they too witnessed her lifeless body and saw injuries before she was taken to the hospital. I therefore enjoin the public to disregards the rumours of me having issues with my inlaws as that is being carried and sponsored in the media space by my political opponents and enemies. Those who desire my downfall are not happy with the Grace of God in my life, particularly, against all odds, being appointed as the Caretaker Chairman of Nnewi North.
It is also common knowledge that anyone who wanted to engage with me on any matter and make progress or be taken serious had to consult my dear late wife first and seek Her approval.
How then can such a woman; sent by God to be my helper and support be said to have suffered from spousal abuse?
At this time of grief; my only appeal to the public is to respect our privacy and allow I and my family to mourn this irreparable loss in peace and we pray for God’s Grace and Strength upon us at this time of deep pain, misery and agony.
Thank You and God bless.
Hon. Mbazulike Iloka