A staff of the Lagos State University has been arrested for allegedly murdering his married lover.
It was gathered that the late woman who was married and had three children for a lawyer, Sunday Jideonu, had left her husband's house in the Agric area of Ikogazebba, Badagry, around 3pm on February 15, on the pretext of going to the market, but rather headed for her lover's house where she was killed.
The bereaved husband of the 32-year-old Mata, Sunday, said he had returned from the court earlier that day as a result of illness and became apprehensive when she did not return on time.
“I came back from the court that day around 2pm because I was ill. On getting home, I found out that my wife was dressed up, ready to go out. I told her to prepare coffee for me because that it is what I normally take in the afternoon.
She said I had been taking too much coffee and advised me to eat eba that was already prepared. She put the stew on fire while she went to pick our last child, Laura, from the school.
I told her to help me buy drugs along the road. The same motorcyclist that took her to and from the school waited for her outside and took her again supposedly to the market to buy beans.
I slept after taking the drugs. Laura woke me up around 5pm and I asked his brother where their mother was. I called her number but it did not go through. I called her mother, our church and the centre, where she was doing a post-literacy study; they all said she was not with them.
I became more worried when at 9pm, she was not back. I could hardly sleep that night and early the following day, I went to the Badagry Police Division where I made a report.
I was at the station, when the head of the vigilante group in our community called me on the telephone that my wife had been found dead in a bush path.
When I got to the scene, a crowd had gathered and policemen from Ado-Odo Ota, Ogun State, had arrived to pick her corpse. She was strangled and stabbed in the leg. Her private parts’ hairs had been shaved off.”
Jideonu said it was the nature of his wife's death that prompted him to talk to people living around the area, and he was told she used to go to the suspect’s home regularly and was there on February 15. It was the information that the police used in arresting Ambe.
“I was told that my wife had been sighted with Ambe on several occasions at his second house and that she entered the building on the day the incident happened.
He is a non-teaching staff member at LASU. His family members do not live with him in that house. I reported to the police and eight days later, he was arrested.
As we were going to the station in a police van, he called somebody on the telephone, telling the person in Egun language that the fat woman had been traced to his house. He did not know that I understand the language.”
The police, in their investigations, traced the call logs on the deceased's phone and it was realized that she was in regular contact with the suspect.
“The call logs we got from the MTN office revealed that he had been calling my wife every day since February 1. It was discovered that he had called her twice on February 15, the day she did not come back home,” Jideonu added.
It was also gathered that the police recovered some charms from the suspect’s house, while bloodstains were found on the wall of the building
“He (Ambe) begged me to forgive him. He said he was not the one who killed my wife and that he was only dating her.
But there are enough indications for me to believe that he is behind the death of my wife. Since then, some elders in the community have been threatening me to let go of the matter. I have also been noticing strange movements around my house.”
Confirming the incident, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, said the command had enough evidence to prosecute the suspect, adding that he would be charged to court.
"The suspect is with us. We have credible evidence to prosecute the suspect and he will soon appear in court.”