Auto spare parts dealer allegedly kills lover over infidelity

The deceased [Joy ]and the suspect [Chukwu]

A 35-year-old man has reportedly killed his 26-year-old lover over allegations of infidelity.

The man identified as Isaiah Chukwu, a dealer in auto spare-parts at the popular Ladipo market, Oshodi.

The incident occurred at their residence on Balogun Street, Oshodi.

Confirming the incident, Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Chike Oti, said the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.

He said, “The man [Chukwu] has been arrested, while the corpse has been deposited in a morgue for an autopsy.

According to reports, Chukwu was said to have stuffed the corpse in a sack on his way to a refuse dump when he was accosted by some youths in the neighborhood.

A resident in the area narrated that Chukwu had declared the deceased missing some days earlier.

He said, “The one-storeyed building where they lived had been contracted to a developer, who ordered all tenants in the house to leave. They were the only tenants remaining on the first floor.

“Some other tenants stayed on the ground floor. About four days ago, he said he had been looking for the woman and her telephone line had not been reachable.

“Later, he said it had been switched off. Around 4am on Monday, he was seen dragging something from his apartment. Because it is the Ramadan period, there are usually movements on the street by that time.

“Some boys on the street saw him dragging the sack with difficulty and they asked him what was inside it.

“He said it was a heap of spoiled food and he was taking it to the refuse dump which was a few metres away. They asked him to open it, but he refused,” he said.

However an Islamic cleric, going for morning prayers, decided to open the sack.

“As he opened it, a bad smell from the corpse rented the air and the youths stripped the man naked and beat him up.

“They were about to lynch him when policemen from the Akinpelu division arrived and took him away,” the source narrated.

Some residents closed to the deceased, said the late Joy cherished Chukwu and spoke nicely of him.

 According to a police source, the deceased was stabbed in the back.

He said, “We recovered a knife which he used for the crime and four mobile phones from the house. Although investigations are ongoing, we suspect it had to do with suspicion of infidelity.

“The man said he had called her when he travelled and a man picked the call. He said the man queried him [Chukwu] for disturbing his wife,” the police source said.

Narrating his account, the murder suspect said:

“I travelled on Thursday to attend a burial in Abraka, Delta State. I left Abraka the following day for my hometown in Ebonyi State.

“I called my wife around 11pm to know how she was faring. We exchanged pleasantries. Around 11.45pm, I called again, but she did not pick her calls. I called about 10 times, but she did not pick. Then I heard a man’s voice.

“On Monday [upon his arrival], as I was going to take my bath, I saw the corpse.”

A relative of the deceased who spoke on the relationship between the deceased and the suspect at the Akinpelu Police Station, said:

“They were not married, although he has visited her family members in the village. They have been living together for the past two years without formalizing their marriage.

“He rented that apartment for her, while he stayed with his brothers in another house. He used to go to meet her at her apartment.

“She [Joy] had come to see my wife about a week ago to say that she was no longer interested in the relationship.

“But the man said he could not let go because of the money he had spent on her.

“My wife counselled her to consider him and she said she would think about it before this incident happened,” the relative said.

However, the Lagos State Police Command has ordered a full scale investigation into the case.

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