Crime Watch

Man arrested for hacking wife to death over alleged infidelity in Ogun

A man identified as Matthew James has been arrested for allegedly killing his 55-year-old wife, Etim Mary, due to suspicions of her having an extramarital affair in Ogun state.

It was gathered that the man committed the act around 8:00 p.m. on Sunday because he suspected she was cheating on him.

Eyewitnesses confirmed that police officers from the Ijebu-Igbo Division had taken the suspect into custody after members of Idekan Farm Settlement reported the incident.

A source told The Punch upon inquiry that James claimed that he and his deceased wife had a “blood covenant” not to betray each other.

The source said; “They had a blood covenant that they would not leave each other. He suspected the wife was having an extramarital affair. The woman had been married before she met James. He married her when the woman was already ageing. She had grown up with children before James married her.

“James is claiming they both had a blood covenant not to leave each other for any reason. He just returned one morning with a machete and hacked the woman to death. He didn’t run away after committing the crime. He just stood beside her after.”

The state police spokesperson, Omolola Odutola, confirmed the unfortunate incidentand disclosed that the woman’s body was taken to a general hospital in Ijebu-Igbo after she was pronounced dead.

Odutola said; “She was found lying in the pool of her blood just in front of the house about 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. She had deep cuts on her forehead, shoulders, and other parts of her body. The husband was found with the blood-soaked machete he was believed to have used to commit the crime.

“The body was taken to a general hospital in Ijebu-Igbo, where she was certified dead by a doctor on duty. Her corpse has been deposited at the Alayangbe Private Mortuary in Oke-Agbo, Ijebu-Igbo, for the autopsy. We will move the case to the State Criminal Investigation Department in Abeokuta as soon as the preliminary investigation is concluded.”