Man Beats Wife To Death, Forces Children To Claim She Drank Insecticide

John Owobi, the Husband of Theresa has been arrested for allegedly beating his wife to death overnight at 42, Musiliu Street, Oko-Oba, Agege, Lagos state.

Owobi was reported to have ran to the Police station to make a statement that wife died after drinking the Insecticide, sniper although he warned her other wise. He also asked the children to corroborate his story if asked.

But, the story took a different turn after husband who has been married to the deceased, Theresa for 15 years was alleged to have actually murdered the wife after beating the wife to death in the middle of the night by the landlord and other neighbors.

The suspect’s landlord, who claimed anonymity said:

“I suspected some lies in Owobi’s earlier statement because we heard his wife crying all night. So when he said that she drank sniper, 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 drank poison.

“With this information, I took the oldest of them aside and asked him to narrate what happened in detail.

The boy who is about 13-year-old said that his father beat up their mother all through the night.”

Following the children’s claim that he forced them to say their mother took sniper, his neighbours went back to the police station to counter his report. An autopsy has shown that the deceased suffered internal injuries and died of trauma.

Lagos Command Spokesman Olarinde Famous-Cole, an Assistant Superintendent (ASP), confirmed that autopsy showed that the woman died of trauma after suffering 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. Seeing that she was dead, he called his kids and told them to say she drank sniper if anyone asked them how she died.”

The 42-year old man has now been remanded in the State Criminal
Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) at Panti, Yaba, Lagos Mainland.

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