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Man, 27, hacks neighbour to death in Ogun


The suspect

Operatives of the Ogun State police command has arrested a 27-year-old man, Ejike Okata, for allegedly hacking his 50-year-old neighbour, one Adeyiba Oladipupo, to death. The suspect allegedly butchered Oladipupo on Friday at Ayegbami in Ijebu Ode following a disagreement.

The suspect was arrested yesterday following a report by the younger brother of the deceased who reported at Obalende police station, Ijebu Ode on February 28, that his elder sister, a resident of Ayegbami area, was hacked to death by the suspect over a minor argument and immediately absconded.

Upon receiving the report, the Divisional Police Office in charge of the Obalende Division, CSP Omonijo Sunday, mobilized his detectives to the scene where the body of the victim was evacuated and taken to the morgue of the General Hospital, Ijebu Ode for autopsy.

A manhunt was also launched by the police for the fleeing suspect. The efforts, however, yielded result yesterday, when the suspect was about boarding a bus heading to Ebonyi State. He was instantly apprehended by policemen who had earlier laid ambush for him at the motor park.

On interrogation, the suspect, a native of Onueke in Eza South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, confessed to the crime. He said the deceased accused him of stealing her phone, the accusation infuriated him and spurred him into attacking her with a machete. The suspect confessed further that he had to cut off the woman’s two hands when she attempted to wrestle the machete from his grip.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for further investigation and prosecution.


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