The police in Lagos State have arrested a 49 years old man identified as Lawrence Itape for allegedly killing his wife in the Ajah area of Lagos State.
Itape was alleged to have stabbed his wife to death over an argument about the non-availability of water in their seaside estate home.
Upon receiving the information, a team of detectives led by the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Langbasa, Stephen Abolarin, moved to the scene.
According to the vanguard, the father of two returned home from work on Monday night to discover that there was no water for him to take his bath.
He was said to have scolded his wife on why she did not buy water in the empty jerricans at home as residents of the area are used to buying water from designated boreholes in the community.
The Edo State-born Itape reportedly ordered his wife to accompany him to buy water in three jerricans, for him to bath and drink.
However, while on their way, it was revealed that the wife (the deceased) diverted to buy some batteries for their wall clock that had stopped working.
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Her action stirred up another round of argument as her husband accused her of always buying the wrong battery.
Explaining, Itape said: “During the quarrel, she abused my parents, which was a regular thing whenever we quarrelled.
“When we got home, she continued abusing me. I climbed upstairs, and she followed me, cursing me. When I came down the stairs, she still followed me. I got angry.“
In the ensuing quarrel, Itape was said to have made for the kitchen knife and ståbbed his 47-year-old Delta State-born wife in the nećk, thereby leading to her deåth.
Their two children, ages seven and 10, were said to have cried to their neighbours for help when the fight was ongoing.
One of the victim’s cousins, who gave her name simply as Rita, said there were multiple piercings on the corpse.
Confirming the incident, the Lagos State Police Command spokesman, Benjamin Hundeyin explained that the suspect has been arrested and the knife used in the act recovered.
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Hundehin said: “the case file and the suspect have been transferred to SCIID, Panti, Yaba in Lagos for discreet investigation”.
He added that the corpse has been deposited at the Mainland General Hospital mortuary, Yaba, Lagos for autopsy and preservation.