Ogun state police arrested a 27-year-old man for allegedly killing his 50-year-old neighbour in Ogun State.
The suspect, Ejike Okata, police said, allegedly massacred the woman identified as Adeyiba Oladipupo on Friday in Ayegbami in Ijebu Ode after a disagreement.
The issue was said to have started after the woman accused Okata of telephone theft.
It was concluded that the suspect took a machete and killed the woman, cutting his hands in the process after which he fled.
However, he was arrested yesterday while trying to board a vehicle in his hometown in Ebonyi state after a report submitted by the deceased’s younger brother in the Obalende Division.
According to police spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi, the division officer (DPO) in charge of CSP Omonijo station on Sunday led detectives on a search for men for the suspect who was caught while trying to board a bus to Ebonyi state.
“Detectives visited the site and recovered the corpse at the morgue of the General Hospital of Ijebu Ode for an autopsy. A serious hunt was launched for the fleeing suspect.
“The detectives’ efforts yielded positive results on March 1, when the suspect was about to board an engine linked to the state of Ebonyi, but was arrested by police officers who have already ambushed her due to the intelligence information obtained.
“On interrogation, the suspect, a native of Onueke, in the local government area of Eza South, in the state of Ebonyi, confessed to killing the deceased to death because he accused him of stealing a phone that infuriated him.
“He confessed even more that he cut both woman’s hands because she wanted to fight the cleaver with him.
“Police Commissioner (CP) Kenneth Ebrimson ordered the suspect’s immediate transfer to the homicide section of the State Department of Criminal Intelligence and Investigation (SCIID) for investigation and prosecution.”