An Ogun man, Segun Ebenezer, reportedly beat his wife Bukola to death because she refused to give him an elementary school she had built in her name.
According to the Ogun State Police Command, the suspect and the deceased had quarreled over the property before he beat her to death.
A police statement released Monday said the man was arrested after he fled when a voice message sent by his wife to her relatives was played to him.
“The suspect did not know that the deceased had sent a voice message to her family members saying that her husband had hit her on the head with a padlock and that if she died, they should know that her husband had killed her.
“As soon as he heard the voice message, the husband took off, realizing that his evil deed had been exposed.
“Following the report and evidence gathering, the Divisional Police Officer, Kemta Division, Adeniyi Adekunle, instructed his officers to search for the husband of the murderess and track him down wherever he may be. He was subsequently located at Akinseku village in Abeokuta where he had been wintering and was promptly arrested.
“Initial investigations revealed that the reason for the constant quarrel between the two was that the deceased had built a private school in the name of her husband, but the husband, who is a carpenter, wanted to take over the school, which the deceased wife, who is a college graduate, refused. This was the reason why the suspect beat the deceased until the fateful day when he used an iron padlock to hit her on the head, which eventually led to her untimely death.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole, has ordered that the suspect be transferred to the Homicide Unit of the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and diligent prosecution,” reads the statement signed by police spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi.