Man kills wife, attempts cover-up


Investigation conducted by detectives attached to the Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID), Lagos Command, has revealed that a 42-year old husband who beat his wife to death penultimate weekend at Okooba area of Lagos allegedly forced his three kids to tell their neighbors that their mother died after she drank Snipper, a poisonous insecticide.

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

Deputy Commissioner if Police, Bolaji Salami said the lifeless body of the deceased, Theresa was found lying on the floor of their room and parlor self contain at No. 42 Musiliu Street, Okooba area of Lagos by neighbors.

To cover-up his track, the suspect was said to have persuaded his three children not to say anything contrary to what he had told their landlord.

A source at SCID revealed that the neighbors 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 neighbors that his wife of about 15-years died after she drank poison.

It was further gathered that 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 Snipper.

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

“I suspected some lies in John’s earlier statement because we heard his wife crying severally all through the night. So when he said that his wife drank shipper, I doubted him. I later took his kids to a corner where I asked them what happened to their mother. True to my suspicion, the children said that their father had instructed them to say that their mum dank poison.

“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 that the father beat up their mother all through the night”, the landlord who refused to be named said.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Olarinde Famous-Cole who confirmed the incident said that autopsy conducted on the woman revealed that she died of trauma.

Famous-Cole, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) disclosed that the medical report conducted on the body also revealed that the deceased suffered internal injuries and fractures from the beating she received.

He said: “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 claimed that his wife drank snipper, but investigation revealed that the suspect beat up the wife to death. The suspect having seen that the wife was dead called his kid to say if anybody asks how their mum died that they should say that she took sniper.”

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