The victim, Stella, together with three of her friends – Fatima, Kafaya – and a man, Wasiu, had gone to have fun in a nearby bar.

She was said to have returned home drunk, which angered her husband.

Benjamin reportedly beat her to pulp and when it appeared she was dying, he rushed her to a church for prayer.

Not a hospital, a church???!

She was later taken to a hospital in the neighbourhood, where she was confirmed dead.

The 34-year-old commercial driver in Amoshe town, Meiran, Lagos State, was detained by the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for allegedly killing his wife.

Benjamin reportedly told the police that Stella was poisoned at a beer parlour.

He said, “I think she was poisoned because she vomited. She went to drink with her friends. I didn’t beat her.”

But one of the deceased’s friends, Fatimoh, who was also arrested by the police, refuted Benjamin’s claim.

“The four of us were together that day. We took a bottle of beer each. My friend died from the injuries inflicted on her by her husband. She didn’t fight with anybody at the bar,” she added.

However, a police source said the case had been transferred to the SCIID, Yaba, adding that a manhunt had been launched for the other friends of the deceased.