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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Police Inspector stabbed to death by wife in Ondo




AKURE—A 26-year-old housewife, Wunmi Omowa in Akure, the Ondo state capital has reportedly stabbed her Police inspector husband Isreal to death over a minor squabble.

This came at a time a police corporal in Ogun State, whose identity was not disclosed by the state police command, reportedly shot dead a commercial driver, identified as Likinyo Olumide, at Sagamu toll gate along Lagos-Bennin expressway.

However, report had it that after wife of the slain policeman reportedly stabbed her husband in the neck with a knife, she rushed him to the hospital where he later died.

Vanguard gathered that the couple have been married for three years and reside at Olowolagba area along Akure- Owo express road.

Vanguard was informed that the deceased was in his early 30s and the cause of the minor squabble could not be ascertained at the time of going to press.

It was gathered that the deceased, who was attached to the state security outfit, code named “Fast Strike Squad“ entered into a shouting match with the wife on the ill-fated day.



Shouting match

The shouting match reportedly degenerated into the use of foul language and subsequently a physical fight.

Eyewitness account said the suspect rushed into the kitchen in the height of the argument only to return with a knife with which she stabbed her husband in the neck.

Report had it that immediately the havoc was committed, the wife came back to her senses and rushed out of the house to inform their neighbours of what she had done to her husband.

By the time the neighbours would come to his rescue, the deceased had reportedly lost so much blood and was gasping for breath.

It was learned that all efforts to save the life of the Inspector were not successful as he reportedly gave up the ghost after he was rushed to a nearby private hospital.

Vanguard gathered that detectives were invited and the suspect was arrested and detained at the Ijapo Police Station where she was interrogated and detained.

Spokesman of the state police command, Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident when contacted for comment, saying the deceased died as a result of blood loss resulting from the deep cut sustained during the fight with his wife.

According to him, the deceased was attached to the Mopol 17 of the Mobile Police Force in Akure and was a member of the Fast Strike Squad on routine patrol in the state.

Joseph pointed out that the state Criminal Investigation Department, CID, had commenced investigation into the cause of the death of the police officer.

He assured that Police detectives would soon unravel the cause of the squabble and bring the culprit to book

The Police spokesman said that the remains of the deceased had been deposited at the state Specialist Hospital in Akure.

Meanwhile, a police corporal in Ogun State, whose identity was not disclosed by the state Police command, on Tuesday, shot dead a commercial driver, identified as Likinyo Olumide, at Sagamu toll gate along Lagos-Benin expressway.

An eyewitness, Folake Egbeuwalo, who was one of the seven passengers in the vehicle driven by the late driver, explained that the driver was shot dead after he was stopped by some policemen.

Vanguard gathered that the driver, 42, is survived by six children and a pregnant wife.

Egbeuwalo, who spoke with newsmen at Police Headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, on Wednesday, said the incident occurred at 9:45 pm on Tuesday as they were coming from Lagos where they went to buy some goods, retuning to Okitipupa in Ondo State.



The late driver

The witness said: ‘’The late driver was our permanent driver who used to carry us from Okitipupa to Lagos. The man carried us from Idumagbo, Lagos Island. As we were coming, we met many policemen and soldiers on the road, we stopped and settled them.

“ When we reached Sagamu toll gate, we did not know that there were policemen on the road, they asked the driver to park and immediately he parked. The driver came out of the car and as he came down, he stood beside the vehicle and the police moved to the other side of the road and gunned him down immediately.’’

Egbeuwalo further said the policemen ran away immediately the man died and later came back and took away the corpse in one of the Hilux vans, marked NPF104 OD.

She, however, lamented that all the passengers were abandoned and were made to sleep on the highway as none of them could drive the car after the death of the driver.

The late driver’s younger bother, Likinyo Solomon, lamented the death of his elder brother, who he said was survived by six children and a pregnant wife.

He said: “I demand to see the person that killed my brother and to know what actually happened before he was killed.’’

Asked to comment on the incident, the Assistant Inspector General of Police zone 2 , Balade Hassan, who was on a visit to Ogun State on Wednesday, said the policeman would face the wrath of the law.

AIG speaks

The AIG said: “The regulation is clear and the Constitution is clear about the right to life of all Nigerians, so, if anybody takes the life of anybody, be it a policeman or civilian, not as provided by the Constitution, you will get the full wrath of the law.

“You know the present Inspector General of Police and previous IGs do not take things lightly when things like that go wrong.

“You would recall that something like this happened in Lagos, the policeman was arrested, tried, dismissed from the force and arraigned in less than 24 hours after the incident.

“The police is trying to say anyone who flouts the rules and regulation will get his case in court as the case may be. This case is not an exception from other cases, the person would be tried as prescribed by the law,. After he is found guilty, he would be dismissed and charged to court.

“We wish something like this does not happen again. In the last six to seven months, there has been a lot of improvement and that is why the IG banned roadblocks in order to reduce the interaction with the members of the community where this kind of problem would happen.”

“The safer highways was initiated to allow Nigerians move around the country without any hitch. Before you block the road, you must get permission from the IG in the case of a stolen car.

“The order is clear and the IG is making sure that this does not happen again and when it happens, actions are taken against the men.’’

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, said the command was aware and had arrested the perpetrator.

According to him,the DPO informed the CP that a corporal attached to one of its teams at Sagamu toll gate fired at the driver of a commercial vehicle, the driver sustained injuries before giving up the ghost.

“We have arrested the corporal and he would face the full wrath of the law, we are going to treat the matter departmentally before it would be charged to court for proper prosecution.

“The command is not happy with the situation because we have not recorded that for a very long time,. We assure the public and relatives of the deceased that justice would be done. The command sympathies with the family of the deceased.

“We’ll have a meeting with them to know what the command can do to ensure a good relationship with the family and to be with them in this trying time. We want to assure them of adequate justice. The remains have been deposited in a public morgue,” he said.

“The things lightly when things like that go wrong.

“You would recall that something like this happened in Lagos, the policeman was arrested, tried, dismissed from the force and arraigned in less than 24 hours after the incident.



Police warn

“The police is trying to say anyone who flouts the rules and regulation will get his case in court as the case may be. This case is not an exception from other cases, the person would be tried as prescribed by the law,. After he is found guilty, he would be dismissed and charged to court.

“We wish something like this does not happen again at all. In the last six to seven months, there has been a lot of improvement and that is why the IG banned roadblocks in order to reduce the interaction with the members of the community where this kind of problem would happen.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, said the command was aware and had arrested the perpetrator.

According to him,the DPO informed the CP that a corporal attached to one of its teams at Sagamu toll gate fired at the driver of a commercial vehicle, the driver sustained injuries before giving up the ghost.

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