A 29-year-old welder, Ugochukwu Arugo, said he hacked his lover, who was also his landlady, Mrs. Ngozi Igwe, to death with a kitchen pestle in Aluu community, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State because she was jealous of his wife.
Arugo made this confession on Thursday in Port Harcourt as the Rivers State Police Command paraded over 80 suspects, who were arrested between May and June 2017 from different parts of the state in connection with armed robbery, cultism, kidnapping, murder and child trafficking.
The suspect, a native of Isi-Ala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, narrated that his victim (Ngozi) was her widowed landlady and added that they had been in a deep relationship since the demise of her husband.
Arugo, however, told the Police Commissioner, Ahmed Zaki and journalists that trouble started between him and his lover when he (Arugo) went to his village, married a wife and brought her to live with him.
The suspect, who is already in police net, said that his lover-landlady was angry with him because he got married and brought his new wife into the house.
He said: “I am here because I committed a crime. I am 29 years old. I did it unknowingly and I never knew it would be like this. It is my landlady, whom I am dating in Aluu Community that I killed.
“When I went to my village and married, I brought my wife to the yard, my landlady started quarrelling with me. She said why would I marry without informing her? I started having problem with her because of my wife. I did not let my wife know about it.
“When we had problem late in the night, as we were quarrelling, I used mortar pestle and hit her head, she fell down and died.”
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Police Command has stated that crime had reduced in the state, even as it restated its commitment towards ensuring that crime was reduced to a bearable level in the state.
The CP, Ahmed Zaki, who stated this while parading the suspects, noted that the state command had launched a proactive approach towards tackling crime in the state, disclosing that the state was sectioned into seven sectors for easy patrol to launch an onslaught against criminals in the state.
Zaki also disclosed that the police had also arrested a gang of robbers who attacked a trailer belonging to Dangote Company around Choba community in Port Harcourt and killed two of their victims after robbing them.
He disclosed that six vehicles, 386 life ammunition, 1275 cartridges, 20 pistols were among the items recovered from criminals within the 38 day-operation.
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