A Nigerian man identified as Ralph Wilcox, has narrated how his houseboy tried killing him after successfully killing his wife on her birthday.
According to Mr Wilcox, the houseboy identified as Abdulkareem Babangida, who hailed from Kachia LGA of Kaduna State, hacked his wife to death with a cutlass.
The late mother of two, Mrs Victoria Wilcox, who was a native of Arondizogu in Imo state was killed on her 55th birthday.
While recounting his ordeal, Mr Wilcox explained that lifeless body of his late wife was found under a tree in the compound, as his houseboy, Abdulkareem Babangida had also waited for him to get back from work to do the same to him.
Mr Wilcox said;
“It was about 8 pm that fateful day that I drove in to my compound and Abba opened the gate for me and when I entered, I asked, ‘Abba why is it that there is light everywhere and there is no light here?
“He responded saying, ‘there was an explosion in the metre and that the Mummy was aware, so I decided to switch on the generating set’.
“I told him to give me a few minutes to park so as to check the metre where I asked him to wait for me. When I couldn’t see my wife, I asked, where is Mummy? he replied, ‘Mummy is in the house
I went into the house but noticed everywhere was dark and the generator Abba claimed he put on wasn’t supplying light to the house.
I went in, dropped the birthday gifts I bought for my wife and my Automated Teller Machine, ATM cards and rushed out with my phone.
At this point, i never knew Abba had killed and wrapped my wife in a nylon bag.
I later discovered that Abba put on the generator to muzzle the sound of his wife’s cries when he was killing her.
I went on to call an Alhaji to come and check out what was wrong with my light but the number did not go.
As soon as i faced the metre to find out what the problem was, i heard the sound of an axe on my head.
He started hitting me and hitting until I collapsed, I fell on the floor and felt tickle of blood over my head. By then I was weak and when he thought he had killed me, he went inside the house to look for the key of my newly bought Jeep in the house.
Abba was busy looking for the car key, when i regained consciousness and crawled close to the bedroom and started banging on the window to call my wife’s attention.
I shouted, “Mummy, mummy come out, we are under attack, Abba is attacking us.”
It was God Almighty that raised me after I collapsed again and battled to draw attention in the pool of my blood. I escaped to the road, where I met someone coming with a jeep who saw me and reversed to call security men.”
Abba who always claimed didn’t know how to drive, was compelled to drive Mr Wilcox and some sympathizers to the hospital, and he did.
It was like I was in a trance. I remember vomiting and dying. The last thing I said was ‘branch to police station and tell them…’ until I found myself in the hospital.”
While in the hospital undergoing blood transfusion in preparation for brain surgery, the news went round the estate and people started coming to visit in the hospital and immediately the first set arrived the hospital, Abba had reversed the vehicle to escape.
But when the people saw him they blocked him, and started interrogating him.
When asked what happened, Abba claimed they were attacked by armed robbers until he was taken home by 2 am, where the lifeless body of the madam was found under a tree. It was then they suspected Abba had killed his madam.
On why he killed her, Abba lied at first that they were not paying his salaries.
He later said the late Mrs Wilcox was bringing Christian sacramental to her shop for him, a Muslim, to sell, which he said offended him.
He added that he wanted to kill the couple and sell their car, house and other valuables.
Wilcox said he noticed a change in Abba’s behaviour weeks before the attack and he mentioned to his wife that “Abba was changing” but his late wife said she trusted him so Wilcox said he allowed Abba to stay because he didn’t want to offend his wife.
He added that his wife was nice to Abba and gave him new clothes and also a gift of 10,000 Naira last Sallah break to give to his parents. He added that Abba’s quarters was well furnished with an air conditioner on his late wife’s demand.
Wilcox wondered what his wife did wrong for Abba to choose to repay his kindness with evil.