11th March, 2013
A housewife, Mrs. Onyinyechi Gift Ihaza, has been battered to death in Lagos, southwest Nigeria.
Circumstances surrounding the gruesome murder at her residence at 15, Adams street, Adua Ijaiye, Ojokoro Local Council Development Area, were still hazy at press time as her husband, Mr. Smart Ihaza, said he had no hand in her death.
According to the husband of the deceased, on 7 March, 2013 at about 12.56 p.m. he spoke with his wife on her phone, saying on getting home at about 5 p.m. he met the door locked as usual and he called his wife on phone which rang severally but she did not pick the call.
Thereafter, he said he went and checked on her at her friend’s house and he was told by her friend that they both came back from church a while ago.
Narrating further, Ihaza said since he could not gain access into his apartment, he went and spent the night in a hotel. He said that the following day, he called neighbours and a welder to assist them cut the padlock of the entrance door and as soon as he entered inside, he saw his wife with a broken head on the floor with blood all over.
The matter was later reported at Ojokoro Police Station where the case is being investigated.
Police sources at Ojokoro Police Station are of the opinion that the husband is not telling the police the truth.
Some residents who spoke to P.M.NEWS described the deceased as an easy-going woman who minded her business and always assisted anyone in need.
“She was a nice woman who went about her business. She could go hungry just to make sure someone else ate. Whoever killed her will never know peace until he/she confesses,” said Iya Bose, thje deceased woman’s neighbour. Another neighbour, Mary Oyebuchi, described her death as a great loss to the community, saying Gift had touched so many lives in positive ways.
“We have lost a great woman in this our community. She was someone who put smiles on the faces of everyone around. We will all miss her in this area,” she said.
—Ayodeji Dedeigbo & Yusuf Muhammed