According to Vanguard, the woman and her son gained internet fame in 2020 when a video showed the little boy begging his mother to ‘calm down and rest a little’ after upsetting her.
On Tuesday, an X user disclosed Toluige’s alleged suicide in Benin, Edo State. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Chidi Nwabuzor, stated at the Edo State Command Headquarters in Benin City that the husband’s account, Mr. Lawal, and that of his neighbors differed. As a result, the State Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Adamu Dankwara, has initiated an investigation into the matter.
Nwabuzor said, “On the 8th of November 2023, the husband by name Lawal reported to the Evbuotubu Division in Benin City, Edo State that he returned from the market and met his child of two years old by the name Ife Lawal crying. Immediately he burst the door open and saw the wife on a rope tied to the ceiling so he loosed it and cried out to the neighbours who came and accompanied him to the hospital where the wife was confirmed dead and immediately deposited at a hospital mortuary in Benin City.
“Thereafter, he went to the Evbuotubu police station to report the incident, the DPO while responding to that case went with his operatives to the house where they recovered the rope and suicide note allegedly written by the late woman. From there, the DPO went down with him to the hospital to check the body of the deceased if there was a mark of violence.“
“There are issues alleged and there are so many sides of the coin, the husband said the neigbhours came upon his outcry and helped him to lose the woman. The neigbhours are saying ‘No! We did not know anything about loosing the woman’ that when he shouted, we came and met him lying on top of the woman.
“Moreso when there was a report from the DPO that there was no mark of violence, one would have expected in all truism that the woman that died of hanging, the mark of the rope will be there, that is the mark of violence we are talking about so he is under investigation.”
However, the Commissioner of Police directed the DPO to transfer the case to SCID for further investigation due to conflicting reports.
Nwabuzor stated the conflicting narratives, with the husband claiming neighbors assisted in releasing the woman, while neighbors assert they found him lying on top of the woman. The absence of visible marks of violence led to the CP’s decision to investigate the case thoroughly.