A 34-year-old bricklayer, Akinyemi Edgar, has been declared wanted by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly killing his wife, Ajoke, in the Mowo, Badagry area of Lagos State.
The bricklayer is accused of beating his 28-year-old wife to death during a disagreement at their home over her plans to travel abroad for greener pastures.
It is alleged that he later dragged her corpse on the ground to a place near the community well, where he buried her.
A neighbour told the Punch that the victim was killed over her plan to travel overseas in January 2018.
He said, “The couple have been married for some time now and they have three children together. I cannot explain how they met and married because while the man is a bricklayer, the wife was a graduate. They had been having a series of domestic problems and neighbours were always called in to resolve their fights. In fact, the quarrel got so critical that the woman’s family advised her to separate from him because they were not compatible, but she refused.
“Late last year, she announced that she would be travelling abroad in January and the man became annoyed and vowed to end her life. On December 14, 2017, they had their usual disagreement and the man beat her to death. Ostensibly to deceive law enforcement agents from linking the death to him, he dragged her corpse far from their house and buried it beside a well. The corpse was later exhumed and the police were informed.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, confirmed the incident, saying the matter had been transferred from the command to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.
“The man killed his wife and absconded. The police recovered the corpse and deposited it in a mortuary for autopsy. The case has been transferred to the SCIID, while effort is ongoing to arrest the suspect,” he added.