Man Beats Wife To Death, Claims She Died of Poison
A 42-year-old man is currently been investigated by the police over allegations of beating his wife to death last weekend at Oko-oba area of Lagos State.
The suspect, John Owobi,is at the moment cooling his heels at the SCID, Panti, Yaba, for murder, after allegedly committing the act and forcing his three kids to tell neighbours that their mother died after drinking Snipper, a poisonous insecticide.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Bolaji Salami, said the lifeless body of the deceased, Theresa, was found lying on the floor of their room and parlor self-contained at No. 42, Musiliu Street, Oko-oba area of Lagos by neighbours.
In a bid to not go down for the murder, the suspect persuaded his children not to say anything contrary to what he had told their landlord.
A source at SCID revealed that the neighbours were attracted to the scene by the persistent cry for help from the deceased on the day she died, though the suspect had told his neighbours that his wife of about 15 years died after she drank poison.
The suspect further alleged that he had earlier tried to prevent his wife from committing suicide, but that he was shocked hours later when he discovered that she had gulped a full bottle of Snipper.
The truth was finally revealed when his kids revealed their father asked them not to tell anyone what really happened.
“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 refused to be named, said Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Olarinde Famous-Cole.
Further investigations proved that the deceased died from trauma. Medical report also revealed that the deceased suffered 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 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.”