The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a 48-year-old man, Philip Ononaku, for allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend, Iyabo Akinpelu, and dumping her body inside the Lagos lagoon.
Police says the suspect had been leaving with her former girlfriend at the Oke- Eri area of Oworonsoki, Lagos.
Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, confirmed the story, said that the suspect allegedly overpowered and drowned her in the Oworonsoki lagoon since February 11.
Oti said that the body of the deceased who was declared missing since Sunday, February 11, 2018, by her parent, floated days later and was found.
He said that the suspect had lured the deceased out, tied her legs and hands before pushing her into the lagoon, to prevent her from swimming to safety.
A police source at Oworonshoki Police Station where the case was first reported said that the deceased had called the 10-year relationship off after enduring years of battery and domestic violence.
He said after calling it quits, she was said to have found a new lover, a development the jilted former boyfriend expressed his anger over.
To express his anger, he went to the residence of the two lovers at Oke-Eri Street, Oworonsoki, but was said to have been beaten up by the duo, prompting his involvement of the police.
Ononaku was said to have gone to the police to report the assault case and the decease alongside her lover was arrested and later released a day later.
Following their release by the police, the suspect was not happy and he threatened to deal with her mercilessly for not just dumping him, but also consorting with another man.
Days after the threat, the deceased disappeared, the family went to report a case of missing person after 24 hours had elapsed.
Whilst the police were investigating, a body was found floating on the Oworonsoki Lagoon and was later identified by the family and based on the threat he had made earlier, Ononaku was arrested and he has been co-operating with the police.
Oti 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.
He said, “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.”