Ikechukwu Obiora, a man, is accused of killing his pregnant wife Ebere by strangling her in Anambra State because she took too long to open the gate for him.
On Thursday, March 2, 2023, the incident took place in Ezi-Ogwugwu, Otolo-Nnewi in the state’s Nnewi North Local Government Area.
The couple reportedly wed in August of last year, and Ebere, née Uzuegbunam, was many months pregnant at the time of the terrible event.
After being called by his in-laws in the Obiuno community of Otolo Nnewi to explain what caused their daughter’s death, the suspect confessed to the crime.
“I returned home in the morning of March 2, 2023, and was knocking at the gate, but my wife did not open the gate immediately. In that anger, I started shouting at her. I first slapped and hit her from the gate to the house before angrily grabbing her by the neck and strangling her,” the suspect said.
“I couldn’t believe what happened because I never expected that such actions would lead to her death. I eventually abandoned the corpse and left out of fear and confusion, after confiding in a few persons who I sought advice on what to do. It was later in the evening that my mother reached out to my wife’s family member.”
Meanwhile, a source close to the family, who spoke to the Punch on Monday, March 6, said the couple had been involved in domestic violence which had been unknown to the wife’s family members.
“Around 7pm on Thursday, March 2, 2023, the deceased family received a call from the husband’s mother, informing them that their daughter had just slumped and appeared to be dead,” the source narrated.
“As soon as they made their way to their in-law’s residence at Ezi-Ogwugwu, they were informed that their daughter had been rushed to the Nnewi Diocesan Hospital at Akwudo.
“At the hospital, the doctor on duty informed them that their daughter was dead after a medical check. The deceased family members had to take the body to another hospital, St. Felix Okolo Hospital, Nnewi, where the doctor also confirmed her dead before she was eventually deposited at the morgue,”
A senior police officer at the State Police Command, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, confirmed the incident to the publication, stating that the suspect would be charged after investigations.