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Bricklayer held over wife’s death

….Takes dead wife in wheel barrow for secret burial

By Emma Amaize & Akpokona Omafuaire
A 65-year-old bricklayer (names withheld) was arrested, Wednesday, by the police at Ovwian-Aladja, Delta State, for allegedly killing his 25-year-old wife, Esther.

But, the man, an indigene of Evwreni in the state, claimed his wife died of epilepsy.

When Vanguard asked the Divisional Police Officer, Mr. Charles Nwabuoku, a Chief Superintendent of Police, to confirm the incident, he declined comments, saying, signal had been sent to the State Police Command, Asaba.

There were traces of blood on her body and catarrh from her mouth but bodily injury was not noticed. The deceased,  an indigene of Agbarho, had lived with her husband at Orhuwhorun community in Udu for years.

Vanguard learnt that the accused had carried her corpse on a wheel barrow, ostensibly searching for where to bury it at 1 a.m. when a dog saw him and barked ceaselessly. It was this that woken the residents.

But the bricklayer said he was innocent and that his wife had been epileptic for the past three years.

According to him, “My wife was given to me by one Omotejohwo at Okah-Agbarho, our church member, who claimed to be the mother, as we stayed together.

“I noticed that she (Esther) is an epilepsy patient, it troubles her everyday. But yesterday (Tuesday), it became too serious and she died. I then called Omotejohwo, but she told me that she does not know her people,  so I should bury her.”

He added, “Before now, I had asked my wife to show me her people, but she refused that they sent her away like an outcast. I do not know her people, but only Omotejohwo. I decided at 1 a.m. to carry her on a wheel barrow to go and bury her, which was how I was arrested by the community people before police came.”

A source told Vanguard that when one of the residents confronted the suspect at Owhrode quarter, he pretended he was going to throw away refuse.

The resident was, however, unconvinced, as the dog continued to bark and that made him demand that the content of the wheel barrow, covered with a blue wrapper be opened.

Seeing the doggedness of the ‘interloper’, Victor attempted to bolt away but was held by the observant resident and when the cloth was uncovered, a lifeless body of a woman struck out.

The resident raised alarm, which attracted other villagers, who surged out and almost delivered jungle justice on the suspect until elders prevailed on them to handover the suspect to the police.


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