The Ondo State Police Command on Tuesday paraded a murder suspect, Deji Adenuga, for allegedly setting eight members of his girlfriend’s family ablaze at Igbodigo, in the Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The 45-year-old suspect allegedly carried out the act following a disagreement between him and his lover, Titi Sanumi, who was said to be a member of the family.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Titi ended the relationship with Adenuga after discovering that he was an ex-convict.
While being paraded before journalists at the headquarters of the police command in Akure, the state capital, Adenuga explained that his estranged girlfriend and her sister, Jumoke, who was among the deceased, had been extorting money from him for a long time.
He noted that Titi had been living with him since last year.
The suspect said their disagreement began when his girlfriend collected money from him for a business, but squandered it.
Adenuga also claimed that she aborted a four-month-old pregnancy she had for him.
He added that they had dragged each other to a police station for settlement on many occasions.
Adenuga said, “What happened was that she (Titi) aborted the four-month-old pregnancy that she had for me while we were dating. We had been having issues in recent times and I spent a lot of money on her. I gave her N30,000 for trading because she sells sachet water.
“Later, I gave her N25,000 to keep for me, making a total of N55,000. But she squandered all the money. While she was staying with me, her elder sister, Jumoke, used to collect money from me. I later discovered that they were only extorting money from me.
“Jumoke always taught her to do things against me and the issue became open that we had to drag one another to a police station. We later resolved all the issues. Surprisingly, Titi packed her luggage out of my house, saying her sister said I should pay N20,000 for her bride price before she would return.
“I begged them to give me time to look for money to do the needful, but they refused and started pulling pranks on me, after I had spent a lot of money on her. I went back to the station to report what she and her elder sister did to me, but the police saw it as a minor issue which could be resolved amicably.
“After we left the station, they began to abuse me and make jest of me. They said I was a failure and not even a man for dragging them to the police station. In fact, they threatened me. They said they would deal with me and kill me if I did not desist from reporting them on the street. I saw those words as big threats. So, I believe I had to act fast before they carried out their threats.
“That same day, I took action. I went to a petrol station at night to buy fuel. I went to their house, poured petrol inside their room and fled. My intention was to kill Titi and her sister; I did not mean to kill the entire family.”
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Undie Adie, described Adenuga as a notorious criminal who was once jailed for murder.
He said, “It is unfortunate to note that the same suspect is notorious for heinous crimes. He killed his former wife, Abiye, sometime in 2000, which led to his being remanded in Olokuta Prison.
“He, however, escaped with other inmates during a jailbreak in 2013. The earlier murder case is also going to be revisited with a view to having him face the full weight of the law,” the commissioner added.
He said Titi was undergoing treatment in an undisclosed hospital in the state.
Police Arrest Suspended Anambra LG Chair for Alleged Murder of Wife
The suspended Transition Committee Chairman of Nnewi North Local Government Area, Mr Mbazulike Iloka, whose wife, Chidiebere, died in controversial circumstances has been arrested by the state Police Command.
Iloka was suspended by the state government on Friday, pending the conclusion of investigation into the alleged murder and to avoid any interference.
A source had told The Punch that the embattled suspended LG chair, also known as Mba Mba is currently being detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Awka, Anambra State, under charges of culpable homicide.
The Anambra State police spokesperson, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, confirmed the arrest to The Punch on Wednesday.
Ikenga, however, called for caution from the public, saying that the case is being investigated as an autopsy will prove the cause of the wife’s death.
“He is in our custody now and we urge the members of the public to be patient as the autopsy shall prove the cause of the wife’s death. Meanwhile, investigation is still ongoing please,” Ikenga added.
The source said his arrest was consequent upon a petition by the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, on Monday and addressed to the Inspector-General of Police Usman Alkali Baba at the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters.
HURIWA reportedly dragged the suspended council boss to IGP Baba over issues bordering on domestic violence.
Mba Mba had claimed that the deceased slumped and died while serving him food.
Ikeja Disco Shuts Down Operations, Darkness Looms
The Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company has announced a shutdown of operations following the issues between the National Union of Electricity Employees and the Transmission Company of Nigeria.
In a statement on Wednesday via its verified Twitter handle, @IkejaElectric, the Disco announced the shutdown of operations.
The statement read partly, “Due to the ongoing nationwide picketing of Transmission Stations by the NUEE, we are currently experiencing disruption of power supply as most stations within our network have been shut down.
“Kindly bear with us as we await an amicable resolution by the relevant stakeholders.”
The PUNCH had reported Tuesday, that the nation’s electricity supply crisis could worsen from today as the organised labour had directed workers in the power sector to shutdown and commence an indefinite strike over pending issues with the TCN.
The aggrieved workers under the aegis of the NUEE were at the Abuja national headquarters of the TCN Tuesday as a prelude to the proposed strike.
The union noted that the strike was in protest of a directive by the TCN Board mandating all PMs in acting capacity going to the Annual General Meeting to appear for promotional interview.
In a circular titled, ‘Call to Action,’ which was addressed to senior assistant general secretaries and zonal organising secretaries, dated August 15, 2022, the General Secretary of the NUEE, Joe Ajaero, directed electricity workers to ensure total compliance, vowing to paralyse operations of the TCN nationwide over anti-masses activities.
Tragedy As Four Students Celebrating WASSCE Drown at Lagos Beach
Tragedy struck on Tuesday at the Elegushi Beach, in the Lekki area of Lagos State, after four teenagers drowned while swimming in the water.
PUNCH Metro gathered that 10 secondary school leavers, aged between 14 and 15, went to swim at the beach to celebrate the completion of their West African Senior School Examination.
They were said to be pupils of the Kuramo Senior College, Lekki.
The spokesperson for the Elegushi Beach Management, Chief Ayuba Elegushi, in a statement on Tuesday, said the pupils were not properly registered.
He noted that the incident happened at an unmanned section of the beach not open to the public.
He said, “We initially sent them away from the area of the beach they wanted to swim in. Then, they went to another place that was not for the public at all. It was the child of our kinsman, Abass, who took them from school to the beach and those kids followed him.
“They did not pay any gate fee to access the beach. Abass used the leverage that he was one of us to take them through another place.”
The victims were said to have raised the alarm as the water swept them away.
Elegushi said some life guards plunged into the water and brought out six of the pupils.
“Out of the six that were rescued, some escaped by the time we got there. We were able to arrest two of them and we took them to the Jakande Police Station.
“As of now, there are still four missing as our seamen have not been able to bring them out of the water. We have informed their parents and they have come to the police station.
“Abass is one of the missing kids. There is another boy we have not identified and two other girls,” he added.
The spokesperson said the two boys that were arrested told the police that they were chased from the beach before sneaking into the restricted section to swim.
He said, “They wrote in their statements that they were chased from the first section they went to. Abass told them that they should not worry and he would take them to another part of the beach. He took them to another end of the beach where no one could see them.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident, adding that investigation was ongoing.
He said, “The teenagers were from Kuramo Senior College, Lekki. Four of them are missing. They are two males and two females. Efforts are on to recover their bodies. We have yet to meet with the parents of the victims.”
The spokesperson for the Lagos State Waterways Authority, Saheed Adesanya, said he would confirm the incident and get back to our correspondent.
He had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.