A 28-year-old man Kazeem Yusuf has been arrested by the police in Ogun for allegedly beating his wife to death.
It was gathered that the incident occurred on September 23 and the suspect fled their Enugada residence after reporting at the police station that she slumped and died.
Yusuf had alleged the woman slumped while going to fetch water and died before help could get to her.
According to the police, detectives were sent to the scene and while the deceased’s body was being examined, Yusuf sneaked out and had been on the run since then.
Spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said he was trailed to his hideout at Itori on Tuesday and was prompted arrested by policemen.
He said Yusuf’s arrest was as a result of violent mark’s that were seen on his wife’s body on the day of the incident, which indicated things were not as he had explained.
Oyeyemi said: “The suspect has been on the run since September 23. He was arrested on October 14 by policemen at Enugada Division.
“On the day of the incident, the suspect ran to the station and reported that his wife collapsed while going to fetch water and died. Upon his report, DPO Enugada Division SP Baba Hamzat detailed detectives to the scene. The body was examined closely and detectives noticed Mark’s of violence which aroused suspicion that the victim might not have died of natural cause.
“While the detectives were searching for more evidence, the suspect sneaked out and took to his heels. The corpse was subsequently taken to General Hospital Ijaiye mortuary while a massive manhunt was launched for the husband.
“The manhunt yielded positive result on October 14, when his hideout at Itori was discovered and he was arrested.
“He has since made a confessional statement that he beat up his wife over a minor disagreement and that the deceased collapsed in the process and gave up the ghost.
“He stated that it was not the first time of beating the woman, but he did not know that the beating will result to her untimely death.
“The corpse of the deceased, a mother of one, has been buried by her relations according to Islamic rite. The Commissioner of Police Bashir Makama has ordered the transfer of the suspect to Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for further investigation and prosecution.”