Police arrest wife over foiled assassination of husband

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested two suspected assassins and a female banker, Oluchi (surname withheld), over failed attempt to assassinate her husband identified as Onyebuchi (surname withheld).

Parading the suspects  at the command’s headquarters in Abeokuta, the state capital, on Wednesday, the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, alleged that Oluchi  hired the suspected criminals to assassinate her husband at his residence in Agungi area in Ajah, Lagos State.

Iliyasu named the two suspected assassins as Chigozie (32) and Kingsley (36) (surnames withheld).

He disclosed that they were intercepted and arrested on October 19 at Ijebu-Ode, while attempting to escape to Onitsha with the victim’s Range Rover Jeep.

He said Oluchi was arrested at Ayobo area of Lagos State.

Iliyasu said: “One Oluchi, a 32-year-old banker, who is married to one Onyebuchi years ago, got separated from her husband following some matrimonial problems.

“The custody of their only child is presently being contested in the court, but Oluchi has another plan.

“She connived with the trio of Chigozie, Kingsley and one other, who is now at large, to eliminate her husband.

“Oluchi, who works with one of the new generation banks,  had kept all the items used to attack her estranged husband within his premises,  while he was away. She arranged for the weapons which included cutlass, iron rods and acid. “The suspects went there on Wednesday as planned and matcheted the man severally on his head and later poured the acid on him.

“The suspects thereafter abandoned the victim and took away his Range Rover Jeep which Oluchi instructed them to drop at her brother’s place in Onitsha, Anambra State.

“However, luck ran against them when a patrol team of the Ogun State command on Wednesday sighted the vehicle along the Ijebu-Ode/Benin expressway and stopped it for search.

“While searching the vehicle, blood stain was seen and the two occupants were unable to give satisfactory account of the blood stain, hence, they were arrested.

“It was during interrogation that the suspects revealed all that transpired to the police.’’

The Police Commissioner said the victim, who had been treated at an undisclosed hospital, was in the custody of the police, helping them in the process of investigation.

However, Oluchi, upon interrogation denied contracting the duo of Chigozie and Kingsley and one other at large to assassinate her husband.

Oluchi, who acknowledged that her three-year-old marriage to her husband had crashed, told journalists that she had no reason to kill him.