The Ogun State Police Command has arrested two suspected hired-assassins and a female banker, Oluchi Tochukwu, over a failed attempt to assassinate her ex-husband identified as Tochukwu Onyebuchi.
The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu paraded the three suspects at the command’s headquarters in Abeokuta on Wednesday. He said the banker hired the two suspected criminals , Chigozie Smart (32) and Kingsley Ikechukwu (36) to kill her husband in his residence in the Ayobo area of Lagos State.
The commissioner said they were intercepted and arrested on Oct. 19 at Ijebu-Ode while attempting to escape to Onitsha with the victim’s Range Rover Jeep. He said Oluchi was arrested at Ayobo, Lagos State.
He said, “One Oluchi, a 32-year-old banker, who is married to one Tochukwu Onyebuchi years ago, got separated from her husband following some matrimonial problems.
“The custody of their only child is currently being contested in the court but Oluchi has another plan. She connived with the trio of Chigozie Smart, Kingsley Ikechukwy and one other who is now at large to eliminate her husband. She arranged for the weapons which includes cutlass, iron rods and acid which she kept in her husband’s compound at Ayobo area of Lagos State and described where she kept it to the assailants.”
“The suspects went there on Wednesday as planned and matcheted the man severally on his head and 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.”
“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 commissioner added that the victim, who had been treated at an undisclosed hospital, was in police custody as well, helping them in the investigation.
Oluchi, however, denied contracting the duo of Chigozie and Kingsley and one other at large to assassinate her husband. She acknowledged that her three-year-old marriage to her husband had crashed, but told reporters that she had no reason to kill him.
Meanwhile, Chigozie told newsmen that it was Oluchi who hired them to kill her husband with a promise to purchase “Tokunbo” cars for each of them after a successful operation.