A 36-year-old man, Anele, has been
arrested by the police after he slapped
his wife to death in Owerri. According
“I got married to my late wife Chikodi
Anele over four years ago. She had a
son for another man before we got
married. We have been living together
in peace. We have two children. Our
first child, a girl, is four years old while
the second child is a boy, who is just
one year old.”
“On May 31, 2016, I went to my
church, Jesus Disciples Fellowship,
where we had a vigil. I came back
around 5: 30 am and started playing
Christian music. My wife came to where
I was and said that I should give my
stepson N100 naira to go to school. I
told her that I had no money with me.
“You see, my late wife was
hypertensive; she became very angry
that I did not give my stepson N100.
She started to insult me. I got angry
and slapped her.
She slapped me in return. I was
shocked by her effrontery and slapped
her a second time. She fell down and
“I rushed her to City Hospital, Nekede.
On getting there, the doctor checked
her and confirmed that she was dead. I
went to the nearby police station at
Umuguma and reported the matter to
the police and they arrested me,” he
The case was transferred from
Umuguma Police Station to State
Criminal Investigation Department,
Owerri, the Imo State capital, where he
has been in detention as investigation
into the matter was in progress.
The officer-in-charge of the homicide
section of the SCID, Supol Innocent Obi,
further revealed that family members
of the deceased had not yet been to the
police to know the state of the matter.
He stated that Anele had not yet
In anguish, Anele, said: “I love my
wife. I had no intention to kill her. It
was misunderstanding and annoyance
that prompted me to slap her and she
died. Up till now, it looks like a dream
and a mystery to me.
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