A 24-year-old man identified as Daniel Okocha has been arrested for allegedly killing his live-in-lover, Nkechi Vivian Agwor, at the Egbeda area of Lagos.
The incident occurred Sunday when the suspect refused to allow the deceased, Nkechi, aged 20, to go to church.
When the deceased insisted, a quarrel ensued, which degenerated into a fight during which Daniel allegedly stabbed her with a knife in the neck and fled.
The suspect is now being held at the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba.
A police officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Daniel confessed to the murder, Newstelegraph reported.
“He told us that he killed his lover because he was suspecting that she was cheating on him. He told us that on a fateful day, Nkechi had told him that she was going to the church but he warned her to sit at home as he suspected that she was having an appointment with another man who attends the same church with her.
“He said when Nkechi refused to obey him and insisted that she was going to the church, he picked a fight with her and stabbed her several times. We believe he was telling a cock and bull story because the message he typed in the deceased phone showed that he had the intention of killing her.
“He wrote that he killed her and watched her die for 45 minutes. He went further to say ‘I gave her life, but she refused to give me back’. With the statements, we are convinced that he planned 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. Preliminary investigation showed that though they had one child, they were not legally married.
“We were told that the mother of the deceased is taking care of the child. We were told that the suspect was so possessive and jealous that at one 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,” the officer said.
The police officer said that after committing the dastardly act, Daniel took to his heels.
“We extended our dragnets to every nook and cranny of the state. Our efforts paid off when he was picked on Lagos Island. But 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.”
Nkechi’s father, Mr. Innocent Agwor, said he wanted 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.”