The Lagos state police command has arrested 42-year-old John Owobi, for allegedly beating his wife, Theresa, to death and claiming she poisoned herself in their room and parlor self-contain home at No 42 Musiliu street, Oko-oba area of the state last weekend.
According to detectives at the State Criminal Investigation Department SCID, Panti, Yaba where he is currently being detained, John told his three children to lie to their neighbors that the deceased drank sniper and killed herself. This was after he realized that she had died as a result of the beating he gave her on the day of the incident.
His evil deed, however, came to light when the children of the deceased 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, said an autopsy conducted on the deceased, revealed that she died of trauma, 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 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.