Nigeria Police have arrested a 31-year-old man identified as Edeh Tochukwu, for allegedly killing his lover, Ijeoma Phyllis, 49, and theft of the deceased property.
The Intelligence Response Team (IRT), revealed this in a statement on Tuesday December 27, 2022.
The statement reads; “Operatives of the DCP Olatunji Disu-led police team arrested the suspect in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, after he fled from the crime scene at Lugbe in the nation’s capital to squat with a single mother who happened to be his new found lover.
“The suspect who said he studied and graduated from the Department of Mass Communication, Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa State and resides in Abuja before the incident, added that the incident happened unintentionally on October 23, 2022, at the deceased’s apartment in Lugbe following a quarrel between them.
“He got into a relationship with the older lady after they met at an event during the Covid-19 lockdown around March 2020 and they started visiting each other the lady quickly started pressing him to marry her and gifted him a High Lander Jeep to facilitate the union.
“He further said that he was unemployed when the relationship started and had to go back to school to read phonology before he later found a job at a private school as an administrator and teaching staff before the killing of the late lover.
“He confessed to having used a pestle to perform the dastardly act on that fateful day after the lady invited him to her house on the day of the sad incident and started quarrels with him over his refusal to initiate marriage proposals with her and sundry issues.”
He added that it was when he woke up and found her with the pestle and he grabbed the object and overpowered her and hit her with it and the deceased immediately fell down and started shooting somebody helps me! somebody help me!! somebody help me!!! and he fled the scene.
“He added that he quickly sold the Toyota Corolla car for N1.7 million two days after the incident before he was arrested by the police team,” he said.