The police officers attached to Oworoshoki Division in Lagos State have arrested a man who allegedly drowned his lover in Lagos Lagoon, at Oke-Eri, Oworoshoki area, for allegedly ending their relationship.
The suspect, Philip Ononaku, 45, was said to have lured the deceased, Iyabo Akinpelu, 48, out to a discreet place before overpowering and drowning her in the Oworonsoki lagoon, for dumping him and starting a relationship with another man.
The suspect was alleged to have tied her legs and hands together before pushing her into the lagoon, thus hampering her chances of survival.
It was gathered that that deceased and the suspect had been living together until the relationship went sour on February 11, when she was said to have called off the 10 years relationship after enduring years of battery and domestic violence.
After being declared missing on February 11, the body of the deceased was later found floating on the Lagos lagoon five days later, which necessitated police investigation.
Speaking on the incident, a resident of Oke-Arin Street, who identified himself as Moshood, said:
“Philip is a jealous lover. He even went to Iyabo’s new lover’s home to fight with them. But he was beaten up.
“Philip then went to the Police to report the matter. Iyabo and her new lover were arrested, but later released. He was not happy that they were released.
“He went about bragging that he will teach Iyabo and her new lover a lesson they will never forget. Some days after the threat, Iyabo was declared missing.”
Confirming the story when contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, disclosed that the suspect has been arrested.
He said the suspect was arrested by the Oworonsoki Police Division and was transferred to the Homicide section of the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba.
According to Oti, “the onus lies on the detectives to ascertain the root cause of the murder before the suspect is charged to court.”
“One Christiana Akinpelu of Oke Eri Oworonshoki came to the station and reported that the former husband of her sister, one Philip Ononaku killed her sister, one Iyabo Akinpelu by pushing her inside river after tying her hands and legs.
“The DPO rushed to the scene with his men and arrested the suspect. The corpse has been deposited in a mortuary and the case was transferred to SCIID, Panti, Yaba.”