Teach­ers of Benue pupils killed by their mum It’s shock­ing los­ing three of our pupils in grue­some man­ner

The Punch - - SUNDAY SPECIAL -

SOME teach­ers at the nativity Pri­vate School, Makurdi, Benue State, where the three chil­dren of the Adet­savs at­tended could not hold back tears when our cor­re­spon­dent vis­ited the school on Fri­day.

Re­call that 35-year-old Rachael Adet­sav caused con­fu­sion re­cently when she al­legedly killed her 42yearold hus­band, ni­cholas Adet­sav, and their three chil­dren be­fore killing her­self.

The fam­ily lived in a house lo­cated op­po­site NKST Van­deikya Street, High Level, Makurdi. The de­ceased cou­ple were said to have met at Makurdi Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area sec­re­tariat where the hus­band worked in the fi­nance de­part­ment while the wife worked in the agri­cul­ture de­part­ment.

Be­fore their tragic end last penul­ti­mate week, it was gath­ered that the cou­ple usu­ally fought and the neigh­bours couldn’t in­ter­vene be­cause the hus­band asked them to stay out of their dis­agree­ments.

The school’s As­sis­tant Head­mistress, Mrs. Agatha Yawah, de­scribed the death of the three pupils as shock­ing, adding that the cir­cum­stance sur­round­ing their death was pa­thetic and hor­ri­ble.

She said, “When I first heard about the in­ci­dent, I didn’t know that the chil­dren were from the school be­cause I don’t know much about their mother be­cause it was their fa­ther that usu­ally brought them to school.

“The youngest one, Joshua, was in kinder­garten. He was in crèche be­fore he was pro­moted and the record in our schools shows that he was born in De­cem­ber, 2015. The three chil­dren at­tended the school. One was in pri­mary two and the other one was in pre-pri­mary. I will find out the class of the third one. When the one in pri­mary two was in pri­mary one, the teacher com­plained that the child was al­ways rest­less. The small one was very friendly and he never mis­be­haved.

“This is be­yond us be­cause we have never heard of a thing like this. I kept won­der­ing why it was only the fa­ther that was al­ways com­ing to bring and pick up the chil­dren dur­ing school days.

“We pray for the fam­ily. We in­tend to visit the fam­ily mem­bers. On the day of their burial, the school will open half day,” Yaweh stated.

Mr. Adzenda Ti­tus is the teacher of Bless­ing nyi­vanger (Adet­sav) who was seven. He said Bless­ing bore nyi­vanger as her sur­name and as her class teacher, he taught her for a whole ses­sion, say­ing dur­ing the pe­riod, she was rest­less at a time but that the teach­ers were able to tackle the sit­u­a­tion.

He de­scribed Bless­ing’s fa­ther as a good man who cared for his chil­dren. Ti­tus said, “The fa­ther was a good per­son who was al­ways in­ter­ested in know­ing the progress of his chil­dren. He made sure he saw me be­fore tak­ing his child. His wife came with him on the last open day and she spoke well to me. I felt shocked the pupil could be killed in that grue­some man­ner. I feel so sad about it.”

Also, Mrs. Udoh Agnes, who is the teacher of Joshua nyi­vanger, said the kinder­garten pupil would be three on De­cem­ber 9.

Agnes said Joshua was a very lovely child. She stated, “Even when you scold him, he would just smile. He loved peo­ple close to him as well as those who took him around.

“Joshua never wanted to stay in one place. He was a good child. I didn’t no­tice any­thing bad about him. He came to school happy last Wed­nes­day. He threw the cover of his wa­ter bot­tle out­side and when the fa­ther came and asked me about it, I asked him where he put it and he ran out to bring it.

“When I came to school this morn­ing, I saw where Joshua usu­ally sat down. I ran out of the class for more than three times un­til one of my col­leagues no­ticed it and came to ad­vise me to put my­self to­gether. I can’t be­lieve Joshua is dead.” be­fore the wife de­cided to kill the en­tire fam­ily, not­ing that their neigh­bours might not be able to tell any­one what ex­actly caused the tragedy.

He added, “I left him at the coun­cil at 6pm last Fri­day. He was sup­posed to go with me to Ik­pay­ongo but his car de­vel­oped a fault and I de­cided to go with one of our friends. It was 30 min­utes later that some­one called me to in­form me that nick was dead. He left around 7pm and be­tween 7.30pm and 8pm, the tragedy hap­pened.

“When we got to their house, the only thing the neigh­bours told us was that they saw the wife with a big iron break­ing the wind­screen of her hus­band’s car. They said be­fore they could de­ci­pher what was hap­pen­ing, she ran in­side the room and af­ter a lit­tle while, she locked the door.

“They couldn’t open the door un­til they drew the at­ten­tion of a vig­i­lance group who later alerted the po­lice. That is the only in­for­ma­tion we were able to get from the peo­ple stay­ing with them in the com­pound. Many peo­ple were his friends. He in­ter­acted but his wife was re­served. Most of the staff didn’t know his wife. ni­cholas also never com­plained about his wife to us.”

Also speak­ing, a Per­son­nel Of­fi­cer in the coun­cil, Mr. Ja­cob Kyaave, who worked in the agri­cul­ture de­part­ment where the late Rachael worked, told

that the news of the in­ci­dent came to him as a shock.

He won­dered how Rachael, who he said was a se­nior em­ployee in the de­part­ment, could go to that ex­tent. “I am con­fused. Though I have never wit­nessed her fight­ing her hus­band in the coun­cil, many of her col­leagues told me she was trou­ble­some,” he stated.

Kyaave said Rachael hardly min­gled with her col­leagues, adding that she didn’t come to work fre­quently and no­body queried her.

An­other staff mem­ber in the agri­cul­ture de­part­ment, Mr. Si­mon Shi­wua, said the death of the fam­ily was tragic.

He said, “On Thurs­day night, a day be­fore the in­ci­dent, the late ni­co­las was in my house at about 7.20pm. He came to see his project su­per­vi­sor to make some cor­rec­tions on his project work be­cause he was also school­ing.

“nick was an un­der­grad­u­ate of the Fed­eral Uni­ver­sity of Agri­cul­ture, Makurdi, and was in the fi­nal year. I can’t be­lieve that he is gone and all his ef­forts wasted. His death is un­for­tu­nate, un­war­ranted and must be con­demned. no one can tell what ex­actly tran­spired. I pray God will grant them eter­nal rest.” earnest be­cause one can­not tell ex­actly what hap­pened at the mo­ment; although, peo­ple around are al­leg­ing that it was the woman that mur­dered the hus­band, their three chil­dren and pos­si­bly killed her­self.

“Ac­cord­ing to them, be­fore the in­ci­dent, they saw her smash­ing the hus­band’s ve­hi­cle be­fore she later moved into the room. The po­lice came and forced the door open and saw the five corpses in­side. The state Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Ene Okoh, has or­dered full in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cir­cum­stances be­hind the in­ci­dent.” tragedy. One ver­sion said the hus­band re­ceived a mes­sage on his phone and the wife asked who sent the mes­sage, force­fully re­trieved the phone and read the mes­sage. The ac­tion, they claimed, snow­balled into a heated ar­gu­ment and a fight.

An­other ver­sion said the hus­band was not at home when the wife be­came an­gry due to un­re­solved fam­ily is­sue; took a pes­tle to smash her hus­band’s car and a neigh­bour called the hus­band on the phone to tell him what his wife did to his car. The nar­ra­tors of this ver­sion added that it was when the hus­band rushed home that he was clubbed by his wife who was al­ready wait­ing for him in the house. Ig­ber’s ear­lier said the de­ceased car was faulty as he set to leave the of­fice.

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