The Lagos state police command has arrested a 42-year-old man, John Owobi, pictured above, for allegedly beating his wife, Theresa, to death and claiming that she took poison to kill herself in their room and parlor self-contain home at No 42 Musiliu street, Oko-oba area of the state last weekend.
The detectives at the State Criminal Investigation Department SCID, Panti, Yaba where he is currently being detained, reported that John told his three children to lie to their neighbors that his wife drank sniper and killed herself. This was after he realized that she had died due to the beating he gave her on the day the incident happened.
John’s evil deed, however, came to light when his children told their landlord what really happened to their mother.
“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 Snipper, 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 old, said his father beat up their mother all through the night,” the landlord who spoke anonymously told Guardian
Confirming the incident, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Olarinde Famous-Cole, revealed that an autopsy conducted on the deceased showed that she died of trauma, internal injuries, and fractures sustained 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 claimed that his wife drank Snipper, but an 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 poison”.
The accused would soon be charged to court.