The Ogun state police command has arrested 27-year-old Ejike Opata, pictured above, for killing his 50-year-old neighbour, Adeyiba Oladipupo, at their house in Ayegbami, Ijebu Ode.
A statement from the state police command spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said trouble started when the deceased accused the suspect of stealing her phone. Ejike in anger picked up a cutlass and butchered Oladipupo, killing her in the process. Realising he had committed a grievous crime, Ejike fled the scene and went into hiding. The matter was reported to the police at Obalende Division by the brother of the deceased.
The police spokesperson said a manhunt was launched for the suspect and he was picked up over the weekend at a motor park while boarding a bus to his home state, Ebonyi.
“Detectives visited the scene and recovered the corpse to Ijebu Ode General Hospital mortuary for autopsy. Serious manhunt was launched for the fleeing suspect. The efforts of the detectives yeilded positive result on March 1, when the suspect was about boarding an Ebonyi state bound motor but was apprehended by policemen who have already laid ambush for him due to intelligence information they got.
On interrogation, the suspect, a native of Onueke in Eza South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State confessed matcheting the deceased to death because she accused him of stealing a phone which infuriated him. He confessed further that he cut off the woman’s two hands because she wanted to struggle the cutlass with him.
The Commissioner of Police (CP) Kenneth Ebrimson has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for further investigation and prosecution.” he said