A young man identified as Daniel Chukwudiebele Okocha was arrested for murdering his lover, Nkechi Vivian Agwor, in the Lagos State region of Egbeda.
The suspect has been taken into custody for questioning at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department’s (SCIID), Panti, Yaba homicide section.
A police officer who was speaking on anonymity condition said: “Daniel has admitted to the murder. He told us he murdered his lover as he thought she was cheating on him. He told us that Nkechi had told him on that fateful day that she was going to church but he warned her to stay at home because he believed she had an appointment with another man who was with her attending the same church.
“When Nkechi declined to obey him and insisted she should go to church, he claimed he picked up a fight with her and stabbed her several times. We believe he was telling stories about cock and bull, because the message he typed in the phone of the deceased indicated that he wanted to kill the lady. He wrote that he was murdering her and watching her for 45 minutes before she died. He went on to say, ‘I gave her life but she refused to give me back.’ We are persuaded with the claims that he plotted and executed the killing.
“The irony of the whole thing is that the two are from the same town, Ubulu-Uku, in Aniocha-South Local Government Area of Delta State.”
According to the source, preliminary investigation showed that though the couple had one child; they were not legally married: “We were told that the mother of the deceased was taking care of the child. We were told that the suspect was so possessive and jealous that at some time, he attempted to kill himself by drinking a poisonous substance, Sniper. We were told that it was the deceased that rushed him to the hospital, where he was revived.”
After committing the murder, Daniel took to his heels, but the police extended their dragnets to all nooks and crannies of the state and he was picked up on Lagos Island.
The police officer said: “The question is, where was he running to since the two came from the same town?
“The suspect will face the consequences of his action because we will charge him for murder.”
The deceased father, Mr Innocent Agwor, wants justice. He said: “What I am asking from the government is justice. Whatever justice that befits such a murder should be administered to him. I don’t need compensation because there is no amount of money that will be paid that will bring back my daughter.”