A 48 year old man, Philip Onoaku, has been arrested for allegedly killing his ex-girl friend, Iyano 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, who 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.
According to police sources at Oworonshoki Police Station where the case was first reported, 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. The deceased alongside her lover were arrested and 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.
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.”