One Tochukwu Chukwu have been arrested by the police on Tuesday for stabbing his wife, Joy, to death because he suspected she was a flirt.
Chukwu, a vehicle spare parts dealer at the Ladipo Spare Parts Market in Lagos reportedly stabbed his wife to death and tried to dispose the body.
However he was caught by vigilantes at his area of residence as he attempted to dispose the body which he put in a bucket, at night.
From reports gathered, the suspect when apprehended gave the notion that he was taking the remains of his dead wife to the mortuary, but the neighbours began to suspect that something was fishy when the four persons who accompanied him ran away on sighting the police.
The police took the body to the mortuary for postmortem examination, where they discovered that the victim was stabbed at the back with a knife.
The Police invited the suspect for further questioning, based on the new discovery.
“My wife was a flirt. There was a time I travelled to Enugu State; when I called my wife, she didn’t pick. Later a man picked her call and threatened me. The man who picked my call told me never to call her again,” the suspect 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.
Maris Uke, a neighbour to the couple said: “Mr. Tochukwu has been living with his wife here for a while. He is very suspicious of his wife’s activities.
“Actually, we don’t know what happened that night, but they were always having domestic issues. It was in the course of their issue that he killed her.
“He was caught in the middle of the night while attempting to dispose her remains, which he hid in a bucket.
“He tried to hide her remains in the large container by lifting it on his head in a bid to protect it from public glare. But unfortunately for him he ran out of luck and was caught.”
A relative of the deceased who asked to remain anonymous, said: “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.
“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. He has never caught her with any man.”
Spokesperson of Lagos State Police Command, SP Chike Oti, said the matter appears like a case of domestic violence, he added that the suspect was in custody and that investigation was 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.”