A vehicle parts dealer, Tochukwu Chukwu, at the popular Ladipo Spare Parts Market in Lagos, has used the Oshodi Police as his personal confessional, admitting to the killing of his wife.
Mr Chukwu was angry his wife cheated on him — that’s why he stabbed her to death in a case that has gripped the Lagos community since her corpse was recovered from him.
According to Vanguard Newspapers the suspect was apprehended by vigilant residents, while attempting to dispose her corpse which he put inside a bucket, at night. It was also gathered that when the suspect, Tochukwu, was caught he gave the impression that he was taking his dead wife’s remains to the mortuary, but the neighbours became suspicious when the four people who accompanied him ran away on sighting the Police.
“My wife was a flirt. There was a time I travelled to Enugu State; when I called my wife, she didn’t pick, Chukwu said in his confessional statements to the Police.
“Later a man picked her call and threatened me. The man who picked my call told me never to call her again.”
There were some very strong tensions in their relationship as a couple,” said a neighbour.
Spokesperson of Lagos State Police Command, SP Chike Oti, said the suspect is in custody and that investigation is still ongoing. He added: “From preliminary investigation, it appears like a case of domestic violence. “The Police have visited the crime scene and recovered the murder weapon (knife). They secured it carefully for further forensic analysis.
A source speaking with the newspaper said when the Police took the corpse to the mortuary for postmortem examination, it was discovered that the victim was stabbed in the back with a knife. “Based on the new discovery, the Police invited Tochukwu for further questioning,” the source added. The source also said Police operatives led by the Divisional Police Officer for Akinpelu, Oshodi, CSP Jimoh Aliu, went back to the crime scene where they discovered the murder weapon and secured it for further forensic analysis.
“It is just unfortunate that Joy died this way. Her parents had told her to quit the marriage, because her life was obviously in danger. But she stayed, thinking he would change his suspicious nature, said a relative of the deceased.
“Now see where it has landed her. Before this incident, he told his wife that he was travelling, but he didn’t. Unknown to Joy, he had his plans.