If Joseph Ode’s emotional travail is limited only to his wife being snatched by a randy politician, it wouldn’t have been too tragic a loss for him to bear. But the bereaved man, who is the General Editor at Newswatch Magazine is currently in a state of mourning.
Not only did his wife, Mrs. Theresa Ode, left him for the former council chairman of Oju local council in Benue State, identified as Bright Ogaji. After being impregnated by the council boss, Theresa died on her delivery bed, while giving birth on April 3.
This is one among many unreported cases of affluent politicians, who under the lure of the forbidden fruit, use money to deceive and seduce “big eye” married ladies.
Like the biblical David who took Uriah’s wife and eventually plotted the cold blooded murder of the faithful and true soldier at his duty post, such human predators, whose past time is covetousness, abound in the society despite the warning of the tenth commandment that “thou shalt not covet thy neighbours wife and property.”
When Theresa got married to Mr Ode, a senior journalist, there was jubilation.
People regarded them as models in their town, Oju, in Benue State, especially after Ode sent his wife to the Lagos State University (LASU) where she graduated with flying colours from Accounting department. With time, she became a banker, while her husband believed that the sky was her limit.
Theresa was the love of her husband’s life and he did everything to make her happy – feeding, living well and taking care of the family – just name it!
They were still enveloped in love, after three kids, before devil came in, using the ex-local council boss of Oju council, Mr Ogaji, to achieve his goal of destroying a once happy and progressing marriage.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the husband, Ode, had contested the Benue State House of Assembly election, but unfortunately luck ran out on him and he lost the election. All hope was not lost as he was compensated with the position of a media aide to the then governor, Gabriel Suswam. His wife, Theresa was said to have resigned from her banking job.
Ode said he loved his party men, and so he was one of Ogaji’s political ally and staunch supporter when he was vying for the chairmanship position of their local government in 2011. He said he assisted him enough till victory became his. While Ode was busy assisting Mr Ogaji during his campaign, he never had the premonition that the same Mr Ogaji was nursing plans to snatch his wife.
The devil perfected his homework against Ode when Ogaji won the council poll. Since then, the council boss allegedly started mapping out strategy to make the woman leave her husband for him. He eventually did. He rented a 2-bedroom flat for Theresa, she started living there and he got her pregnant.
She left her husband because of a politician’s money without any shame. Unfortunately, she gave birth to a baby boy who never tasted her mother’s breast milk. Theresa died just after giving birth.
The Game Plan
The husband, Ode, recounted how Mr. Ogaji called him and informed him that he was giving him a slot to nominate any woman of his choice to occupy the position of technical chairman of the local council.
He said he did not envisage Mr Ogaji had plotted a plan to use the slot and cause problem between him and his wife. He had no reason to put his wife in politics so he nominated a known politician.
Mr Ogaji was said to have called Theresa and inform her that he told her husband to nominate a woman that would occupy a juicy position in the council, but instead of bringing her, Ode presented another woman’s name to him. Ode said that was the point things started falling apart between him and his wife. This, he said, led to the council boss eloping with his wife and their three children.
Mr Ogaji even went ahead to impersonate Ode, using his name to rent a flat at 16, Jimmy Oyebanjo Street in Abule-Egba, Lagos, for another man’s wife. Just imagine!
Narrating his ordeal, Ode said, “In 2012, my wife’s character changed. She behaved very strange to me. Her statements made me to be convinced that something wrong was happening. She unusually became so arrogant. She would not do what I ask her to do. The relationship deteriorated. That was how we started having issues on daily basis. When I went for an operation after I had an accident, she was visiting but, in some cases, quarreling with me in the hospital.
“I spent 2014 in a hospital in Jos. I told her that the two families – I mean my family and her own family – would come and reconcile us. They came; even her uncle who lives in Lagos, Tony Iji, was among those that came. That was the day they were holding election in April. She packed her belongings and left my house in Makurdi. She moved to the house she was building in Makurdi.
“After packing out of my house, I saw her three times and we talked about my children that she eloped with and other issues.
“I was always going to school to see my children. One day I went to school as usual to see them, only for me to learn that the children travelled. They said my children did not return to school after Christmas. I was bordered. Some people would tell me that she called them that she was in Ghana. I was shocked to hear that my wife died in a hospital on Sunday, April 3, in Lagos. They said she died after giving birth in a hospital.
“From my own understanding, she must have been charmed by that dubious man, Ogaji. He must have lured her with money and position. I’m not ruling out diabolical means. I cannot rule out money.”
Commenting further on the betrayal, heartbroken Ode said, “It is typical of him (Ogaji). No good man can treat his political ally like that. No honest person can do that. He is a dubious person. He took away my wife and children to suffer them. It is difficult to describe how I feel – feeling of betrayal and pain in my heart.
“I believe my wife was not in control of herself. I feel sad for such callous people. I feel sad that my children were moved from one place to another. I want God to take control of the situation. Let Him handle him for what he has done”.
The wife snatcher, Ogaji’s Reaction
When LEADERSHIP contacted Ogaji on phone, he said: “The issue is very risky to comment on. The issue is a very sensitive matter because life is involved. I don’t want to make comment because I don’t want to be misquoted. So, no comment.”
The Late Theresa’s Landlord Speaks
When this reporter visited 16, Jimmy Oyebanjo Street, Abule- Egba, in Lagos State, the wife of the landlord, Mr Shola Adetele was in another shop opposite her building. Mrs Adetele called her husband on phone and he commented. He said, “When the woman (Theresa Ode) first came to us that she wanted to rent a flat, my wife told her that we would not rent a flat to anybody who did not come with her husband. We cannot rent a house to a single woman except she comes with her husband.
“She later came with the man (Ogaji) who she described as her husband. The man identified himself as Joseph Ode. The receipt we issued to him was written Joseph Ode. It was after the woman died that we knew that the man impersonated the name of the real husband of the woman (Joseph Ode). As she was dying she had to talk to people and gave us the number of her family member to call. I had to call one of them. The man (Theresa’s uncle) was surprised to know that she was living in Lagos.
“The fake husband said he travelled to USA a week before she delivered the baby boy in a maternity and died. The man is a very wicked and bad man. God will punish him for what he has done. He has runaway and the Police are looking for him. He betrayed his friend. Took his wife and children and claimed they are his children. He sleeps in the flat in some occasions. At times he would come stay with them and later go back. I thought the man probably had two wives and wanted to rent another flat for the other wife. Both the man and the woman deceived us,”, the baba added.
Christ Apostolic Church Maternity Reacts
A female Evangelist, Juliana Olalekan who partook in the delivery of late Theresa’s baby at Christ Apostolic Church, Agbala Agbara Itusile Int’l Miracle Centre, 22, Jibowu Street, Abule- Egba spoke.
She told this reporter that for decades, thousands of people have been delivered of their babies and nobody has died in the church during childbirth.
She said, “We have not recorded any death at all. When the woman came, she did not drop any money. She had no money to drop. You know this is a church. We do charity work here. We don’t charge people money. It is whatever you have you give freely. The woman did not let us know that she committed such sin. We should have prayed for her so that God will forgive her of her sins. May be she wouldn’t have died. She wouldn’t have had such complication.
“We had to refer her to another hospital when we discovered that her condition was deteriorating. May God forgive her all her sins and may her soul rest in peace. Amen!”
Theresa’s Uncle Speaks
Embittered uncle of the late Theresa, Daniel (full names withheld) disclosed that he and other members of the family were invited by Ode’s family to resolve the lingering issue but to no avail, as the woman would not listen to both families.
He said, “She was my sister. This is a marriage that lasted for 22 years. The woman later refused to stay with her husband. But we never knew that a man in the person of the Bright Ogaji was luring her with money and other things so that she would fall into her trap. Theresa and Joseph Ode married in 1994. Joseph is my in-law.
“When he (landlord) gave us the address we went there. He took us to the maternity where she delivered and another hospital where she died. The hospital had already moved and deposited the corpse in the mortuary at Ajunwon. We went to the place and we saw the body; it was Theresa. We also saw her two children in her residence at Agbule Egba.
Police Begin Manhunt For Mr Ogaji
The Lagos police command has declared Mr Ogaji wanted and are ready to arrest him anywhere they see him. Lagos Police PRO, SP Dolapo Badmos said, “The Police are investigating the matter. The DPO of Oko- Oba police station has briefed me on the matter. We have commenced manhunt for the suspect.”
When a man looking for free s*x and a lady looking for free money meet, things don’t end well. RIP!