By Evelyn Usman
A bricklayer, Akinyemi Edgar Koja , who had been on the run after allegedly strangling his wife , Ajoke, to death in their apartment in Agemowo area of Badagry, last December, has been arrested by the Police in Lagos.
Vanguard learned that he was picked in an undisclosed area around Lagos Island , where he took refuge since the incident occurred.
However, during interrogation, the suspect stated that he carried out the act out of jealously , following what he described as his late wife’s adulterous acts.
Recall that after allegedly killing his 28-year-old wife who was a graduate, he dumped her corpse inside a well within his area , before taking to his heels. It was gathered that there had been a lingering quarrel between the couple until the unexpected occurred.
In a move to arrest the fleeing husband, the Lagos State Police Command declared him wanted . Police sources hinted that he was traced to his hideout through his telephone calls .
Sources further hinted that the suspect contacted some of his relatives to plead with his in-laws on his behalf, so that the matter could be settled amicably.
Report had it that Ajoke’s murder could not have been unconnected with her intention to travel out of the country.
But the suspect alleged during interrogation at the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department , SCIID that his late wife was having an extra marital affair.
How she was killed
Explaining how she was killed , the suspect said: “ I strangled her at night while she was sleeping. She was sleeping around with other men because she felt I am a poor man and she did not hide it. That fateful night, I suffocated her with pillows . When I discovered she was dead, I dumped the body inside a well close to our apartment . I ran away to make it look like I was not around when the incident happened. “
The suspect was Tuesday charged before Magistrate’s Court 12, Ebute Meta, for murder, from where he was remanded in prison custody by the Magistrate, Mrs Bola Folarin Williams, with the case adjourned to March 28 for hearing.