A 36-year old resident of Obibiezena in Owerri North Local Government Area, Onyekachi Anele, has landed himself in trouble for killing his wife after he failed to restrain himself from slapping her when his anger was at a boiling point. He is presently in custody of the police at the headquarters of the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, of the Imo Police Command, Owerri.
According to Sunday Sun, the Imo Commissioner of Police, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu, disclosed that the incident which happened on June 1, 2016, started when the wife of Onyekachi Anele, 32-year old Chikodi, asked him to give her son from an earlier marriage, N100 to take to school.
Onyekachi who is afraid of what the future holds for his children and the stepson who is at the centre of the ill fate that has befallen his family, narrates the event which led up to his wife’s death thus:
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“I got married to my late wife Chikodi Anele over four years ago. She had a son for another man before we got married. We have been living together in peace. We have two children. Our first child, a girl, is four years old while the second child is a boy, who is just one year old.
“On May 31, 2016, I went to my church, Jesus Disciples Fellowship, where we had a vigil. I came back around 5: 30 am and started playing Christian music. My wife came to where I was and said that I should give my stepson N100 naira to go to school. I told her that I had no money with me.
“You see, my late wife was hypertensive; she became very angry that I did not give my stepson N100. She started to insult me. I got angry and slapped her.
She slapped me in return. I was shocked by her effrontery and slapped her a second time. She fell down and fainted. I rushed her to City Hospital, Nekede. On getting there, the doctor checked her and confirmed that she was dead. I went to the nearby police station at Umuguma and reported the matter to the police and they arrested me.”
The case was immediately transferred from Umuguma Police Station to State Criminal Investigation Department, Owerri, Imo State, the suspect has been in detention as investigation into the matter was in progress.
Onyekachi told Sunday Sun amidst tears that he had no intention of killing his wife, adding that it was anger that made him slap her. “Up till now, it looks like a dream and a mystery to me”, he said.
On a visit to the compound where Anele lived with his family before the unfortunate incident happened, his neighbours were still in shock. One of them, Chukudi Eneka said:
“They both loved each other; they were a good family. The devil just caused this thing. Suddenly we heard them quarreling. The husband slapped the wife and the wife slapped him back.
“The husband then slapped her again. She fell down and fainted. We thought it was a joke. When she was taken to the hospital, the doctor said she was dead. We are shocked over the incident.”
Demons lurking everywhere…