Ronke’s family releases proof of battery, infidelity…alleged lover denies relationship

The Shondes
The man accused of dating late Ronke
Shonde, Kayode, has denied the allegation, saying he only had a
professional relationship with the deceased.

This is just as the family of the victim released Whatsapp snapshots
which showed Ronke’s husband, Lekan, admitting to brutalising her,
asking for God’s forgiveness and promising to stop beating her.
Our correspondent had reported that
51-year-old Lekan allegedly killed his wife at their home in the
Egbeda-Idimu area of Lagos State last Thursday.
Lekan, a dockworker, had however denied complicity in the death, saying he never touched her.
He accused her of sleeping with Kayode,
the general manager of a publishing company where she worked as the
human resources manager.
After three days in hiding, the suspect
gave himself up to the police and was taken to the State Department of
Criminal Investigation, Yaba.
PUNCH Metro learnt on Wednesday that Kayode had denied the allegation.
A close family friend, who claimed to
have spoken with him, explained that he said he had always been harassed
by Lekan with messages and unfounded allegations.
He said, “We spoke yesterday (Tuesday)
and he completely denied anything like that. He said he had proof of the
man making all kinds of allegations against him and asking him to leave
his wife alone, which he had never responded to. He said he was biding
his time and would make all the revelations in due time.”
It was gathered that Kayode and Ronke’s brother, Jide, who died in a ghastly motor accident in July 2015, were friends.
After the death of Jide, Kayode, who was
working in Ibadan, Oyo State, was said to have been transferred to
Lagos by his company.
In Lagos, he was said to have struck a friendship with Ronke because of her late brother.
Due to Ronke’s influence in the
publishing company owned by her uncle, Kayode was said to have joined
the publishing firm and was made the general manager.
Their friendship and the managerial positions were said to have made it possible for them to always travel and go out together.
Kayode was also said to have become close to Ronke’s uncle, who owned the firm.
It was learnt that both Kayode and Ronke
had travelled to recruit new workers for the Abuja office, when the
allegation of sleeping together was levelled against them.
Meanwhile, the family of Ronke has released Whatsapp snapshots, showing a conversation between Lekan and one of Ronke’s friends, Ashabi.
In a chat, he asked Ashabi to beg Ronke on his behalf, promising not to assault her again.
He also claimed that the child brought to his home was a setup, denying the paternity of the baby.
Ashabi, in one of the chats, said Ronke
was already slipping into depression, urging Lekan to become a better
husband and father.
She said Ronke wept while talking with her because of the constant battery and public embarrassment.
Below are excerpts of some of the chats:
Lekan: Am sick and tired. Am going
crazy. Please help me out. I rest my case. Am crying as I am writing
this to you. But help me to talk to her. Aburo mi (my younger sister), I don’t want to lose her. I want her in my house forever.
Lekan: Because of God, please help me.
Ha, I have really offended her. May God forgive me. Please you are my
saviour, help me talk to her.
Lekan: I can have plenty of sex outside,
but I don’t want to fornicate again. Yes, just want my wife back. I
swear to God, I will never touch her again.
Ronke’s friend: She is really broken and
hurt, uncle. She said a lot. But I begged her and you have to keep
showing her you are a better person, and you want your family back. It
is not a day’s job uncle and you have to be patient with her and get her
to trust and love you again. She is falling into depression which is
more terrible.
One of Lekan’s friends, Sunday Nwaobi,
said he had known him for about 33 years, adding that he had credibility
and couldn’t have killed his wife.
He said, “He was my junior in secondary
school and was a classmate to my immediate younger brother. My brother
retired as a general manger of a brewery in America and they are best of
friends. My brother is an American citizen, well travelled, and has met
a lot of world leaders. I know he will never go out with somebody who
does not have credibility.”
The Police Public Relations Officer,
Lagos State, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the police were working on getting
the result of the autopsy, adding that it would determine the command’s
next line of action.
She said, “We are not in charge of the
result and we can’t determine when it will be out. But I can assure you
that we are on it and as soon as it is released, we won’t hide
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Kemisola Adeyemi

Kemisola Adeyemi is the Assistant Editor of Kemi Filani News. She loves to write and write and write and hopes to own a publishing firm someday! Email: [email protected]


  1. If this was America they will turn this case to a superb law session series where two mad ass lawyers will do an amazing job arguing facts. But call lawyers here in Naija to do the same they will just show the world how useless our judicial system is!

  2. I have no respect for women that cheat on their "HUSBANDS" For silly reasons like *He is not good in bed* , *He doesn't give me attention*, bla bla bla…. Did you not see these signs before you said yes??? And for whatever reasons you are cheating on him for, you don't av to be like d dog he is…. Men control your anger, if situations like this comes up,u will always be blamed if she dies at your fist, u will go to jail, u might even be killed and the world will not care that she cheated. You will be the murderer!

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