The Anambra State Police Command has confirmed that a 48 year old man, Stephen Nnadigo, on Saturday night committed suicide by drinking poison after he had allegedly stabbed his four children and sister-in-law to death at Awada Obosi area of Onitsha in the state.
Confirming the incident on Sunday, the Divisional Police Officer of Awada, Mr Martin Chijioke, said the police command had begun an investigation to unravel the circumstances that led to the murder.
“Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect, after committing the murder, took poison and died,” Chijioke said.
Eyewitnesses, however, said that the incident occurred at about 8.00 p.m. at the residence of the suspect at 21B Ntueke street, Awada Obosi in Idemili North Local Government Area.
It was gathered that the man – who residents of the neighbourhood said returned recently from overseas – has been having disagreement with his wife, a nurse at Chizoba Hospital in Awada, who also operates a chemist shop few metres away from their residence.
The misunderstanding, it is understood, was not unconnected to alleged infidelity.
Residents of the area also told journalists on Sunday morning that the wife escaped death because she was on night duty at the hospital when the incident happened.
“I think it was a planned deal, the man sent out their house help with N50 to buy satchet, and when she left, he shut the door and used what we think was a kitchen knife to stab his four children and the younger sister of his wife who were in the house to death,” a resident of the area revealed.
Another resident said: “He had already killed the children and faced his sister in-law who had ran to the bathroom, when she started screaming, attracting our attention, but before people could force their way into the flat, he had completed his mission and also drank poison and died.”
The police later took the bodies of the victims and the suspected murderer to a mortuary.