CRIME Man kills wife, forces kids to say she drank in­sec­ti­cide

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Eu­gene Agha, La­gos

A42-year-old man who beat his wife to death penul­ti­mate weekend at Oko-Oba area of La­gos al­legedly forced his three kids to tell their neigh­bours that their mother died af­ter she drank in­sec­ti­cide, ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tion by po­lice de­tec­tives at­tached to the homi­cide sec­tion of the State Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions Depart­ment (SCID), La­gos Com­mand.

The sus­pect, John Owobi, 42, is cur­rently be­ing de­tained by de­tec­tives from the homi­cide unit of SCID, Panti, Yaba, for mur­der.

A po­lice source said the life­less body of the de­ceased, Teresa, was found in their apart­ment at No. 42 Musiliu Street, Okooba area of La­gos by neigh­bours.

The source re­vealed that the neigh­bours were al­legedly at­tracted to the place by the per­sis­tent cry for help from the de­ceased on the day she died.

It was gath­ered that the sus­pect told his neigh­bours that his wife of about 15 years died af­ter she drank poi­son.

The sus­pect al­leged that he had ear­lier tried to pre­vent his wife from com­mit­ting sui­cide, but that he was shocked hours later when he dis­cov­ered that she had al­legedly gulped a full bot­tle of ‘Sniper’.

He told his chil­dren not to say any­thing con­trary to what he had told their land­lord.

But lucky al­legedly ran against the sus­pect when his three chil­dren in­sisted that their dad had ac­tu­ally in­structed them to say that their mother died af­ter drink­ing in­sec­ti­cide.

“With this in­for­ma­tion, I took the old­est of them aside and asked him to nar­rate to me what hap­pened in de­tail. The boy who is about 13 years said the fa­ther beat up their mother all through the night,” the land­lord, who re­fused to be named, told po­lice.

The La­gos State Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer (PPRO), ASP Olarinde Fa­mous-Cole, who con­firmed the in­ci­dent, said an au­topsy con­ducted on the woman re­vealed that she suf­fered in­ter­nal in­juries and frac­tures from the beat­ing she re­ceived.

“The sus­pect killed his wife and still went to the sta­tion to re­port that the de­ceased was found ly­ing dead on the floor in their room,” he said.

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