-Late Oyelowo Oyediran’s sister and her husband (ADIO AND ADEJOKE BELLO)
Adio Bello is the Personal Assistant to Otunba Abimbola Davies, an Ibadan based businessman. He is also cousin, in-law to late Oyelowo Oyediran, the France based businessman that was murdered by his wife, Yewande on February 2, 2016, in Ibadan.
Adio Bello and his wife, Adejoke Bello, who is the cousin of late Oyelowo Oyediran Ajanaku, told ENCOMIUM Weekly in this interview how Yewande murdered her husband.
We gathered that you were related to the late Oyelowo Oyediran?
He was a brother to my wife.
What really happened between late Oyelowo and Yewande his wife?
What we heard was that someone told the wife that her husband had a child abroad. We also heard that the husband personally informed the wife when he came back from abroad and the whole thing ended there.
But a week later, after the matter was settled between them, the wife started fomenting trouble with her husband to the extent that she stabbed him on the shoulder and the husband was bleeding profusely. The husband was taken to the hospital and was treated.
When he came back from the hospital, the wife (Yewande) started begging him. The landlords in the street also joined in beginning the husband (Oyelowo). She (Yewande) said it was devil’s work. They even said she personally took cotton wool to help her husband in cleaning the blood on his body.
But nobody knew that with the begging and cleaning of her husband’s body, she still had a sinister motive. When it was night and the husband was in a deep slumber probably from the effect of the drugs he was given in the hospital, the wife stood up to stab him in the neck.
The husband started shouting for help and the neighbours came around but the wife prevented them from entering. She was said to have told the neighbours that they should not interfere because it was a family affair. Not knowing she had already slaughtered him.
By the time the neighbours could access their apartment, the husband was too weak and before they could get him to the hospital he died. My wife will tell you the rest of the story.
ADEJOKE BELLO, late Oyelowo Oyediran cousin and a teacher
We gathered that you are the sister to late Oyelowo Oyediran?
Where and how did Oyelowo and Yewande meet?
They met through the wife of one of our brothers (Iya Bunmi). They exchanged photographs of each other. Iya Bunmi was the one who showed Yewande’s photograph to Oyelowo. Before then, the woman Oyelowo was going out with disappointed him. She was based in Nigeria while Oyelowo was based in France. This woman (Iya Bunmi) told him (Oyelowo) about Yewande and even sent him her pictures. It was from there they started communicating on Facebook. Later, Oyelowo left France for London and Yewande too left Nigeria for London.
So, London was the first place they met?
That was the first time they had a physical contact. From London they came to Nigeria. Barely two months after they met, they got married.
Just after their first meeting in London?
Yes, it was not long after they met that they got married. Just about a month or two.
When did they meet and when did they get married?
I can’t remember the exact date they met but I know their marriage was three years old on February 9, 2016. They had their wedding on February 9, 2013.
That means they probably met in December 2012?
Yes, something like that. Their courtship was not long at all.
After their marriage, were they living together?
Yes, they were living together but Oyelowo was travelling abroad once in a while. As at last year, Oyelowo paid for her surgery in a private hospital. I can’t remember the name of the hospital. He paid N350,000 for the surgery.
What was the operation all about?
She had fibroid. Her sister who was in Lagos told her to come and do it in Lagos, but she refused. She was also advised to go to UCH, Ibadan. She said no, she insisted on doing it in that private hospital and her husband must pay for it.
Did she have a child or two for Oyelowo?
No, there is no child between them.
How will you describe Yewande as her in-law?
She is somebody who keeps to herself a lot. She hardly talks or smiles. She does not have friends too. She never wanted to see her husband’s relatives at all.
So, most times when Oyelowo is in Nigeria, don’t you visit him and his wife?
I don’t go there because I know she would not be hospitable to me. There was a time Oyelowo told me that my son should come and spend his holiday with him, and I told him it was not possible because his wife would not be cheerful towards him. He told me he would handle his wife on that.
Whatever gave you the impression that she would not welcome your son into their home?
This is somebody who is always not happy when she sees people. She hardly welcomes people and she is not always cheerful. She will not talk with you. She just keeps to herself.
Before the last incident, were there times they quarrelled?
Yes, they quarrelled a lot. This was not the first time. But their fights has never been violent like this one.
Is it true that Oyelowo used to assault her physically?
No, I have never heard about such case. Usually, Oyelowo left the house for her whenever they quarrelled. There was a time Oyelowo left home for a while for her.
When he came back, the wife told him to go back to wherever he was coming from.
Who is the owner of the house they live in?
It was rented but the house is owned by the wife father’s friend. As a matter of fact, it was her father’s friend that called her father when the last incident happened.
What is the name of the man (landlord)?
I don’t know his name.
So, what is going to happen next?
She (Yewande) is in Agodi Prison now. The case will come up on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at Court 1, Iyanganku.
Is it true that Yewande’s colleagues are already begging the family?
I don’t know anything about that. Just let us wait and see the outcome of the case in court. But I am aware that Oyelowo’s friends are putting up a fight for their friend. But all will depend on the outcome of the case in court.
The king of our town, Gbogan too has shown interest in the case. I learnt that Ooni of Ife has also shown interest in the case.
Is it true that Oyelowo has no father and mother again?
Are you of the same father and mother?
No, my mother is his own mother’s sister. She is the one that has been acting as his mother since his father died. The person who match made him with Yewande is the wife of his step-brother, Mr. Adelani Ajanaku, who was once honourable in Gbogan.
Who are the parents of Yewande?
All I know is that her father once worked at the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Oyo state and he retired as a permanent secretary in the state. Her father is Reverend Fatoki.
- TOLANI ABATTI