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Mr Lekan Shonde, the fugitive husband of a former banker, Ronke Shonde who is believed to have died as a result of domestic violence, has denied killing his wife even as he alleged she was unfaithful to him.

The fugitive husband, the subject of a manhunt by the Lagos state police command, spoke to Punch newspaper on phone. During the conversation, he maintained that he did not hit the deceased lady but admitted they had an argument the night Ronke died over an alleged extra-marital affair.

Lekan said the last time he beat his wife was three years ago after a disagreement, saying he had never touched her afterwards.

He said, “Last week Friday, she went to Abuja and came back on Monday. She never told me that the lover was there with her. I learnt later that the lover was there and they slept together in the same room for four days.”

He said he confronted his late wife and she confirmed that she was dating the other man but refused to leave the house despite his insistence on her leaving. Lekan also said another argument over money led to Ronke’s death.

“It was around 9pm on Thursday. We had paid our nanny N20,000.  Then we needed to pay our children’s teachers N30,000. I discovered she had taken N20,000 and when I asked her to return my money, she said she had spent it.

“I was angry because for the past three months, she didn’t allow me to have sex with her. I pushed her hand away from me on the staircase and I left her. She never tumbled or fell. In fact that night, I bought the food that we both ate because she said she didn’t want to cook.

“I didn’t know anything had happened to her until Friday when I saw her on the staircase. I thought she was still pretending. I just left her and walked away.”

Asked why he shut the gate against his children, he said he never did, adding that it was his son that closed that gate.

Lekan also denied taking the victim’s phone away, saying he left it on the bed.