Operatives of the Rivers State Police Command have arrested a woman, Hope Nwala, who allegedly pouring hot cooking oil on her husband, Ekelediri Nwankwo in his sleep following a disagreement in Okehi, Etche Local Government Area of the state.
The suspect, who hails from the Obite community in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA, fled Okehi after committing the crime on October 11, 2023.
The spokesperson for the state Police Command, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, confirmed the development on Thursday, saying the woman was arrested by operatives who had been on her trail.
“The wife has been arrested and is in Police custody. She was arrested this morning (Thursday) and brought to the command. She will be interrogated after which necessary action will follow. So for now, the investigation is ongoing,” the PPR added.
Narrating his ordeal, the victim said his wife suddenly started putting up strange behaviour soon after her younger sister moved in to live with them.
Nwankwo said he decided to send his sister-in-law packing due to her disrespectful attitude towards him in their home and for dressing indecently but said his decision did not go down well with his wife who opposed it, leading to a heated argument.
“I had told my wife’s younger sister to leave my house because of the way she had started dressing, and the way she occupied my matrimonial bed even when I was around,” he said.
“No young guy will tolerate such a behaviour, but my wife refused the younger sister to leave the house
“I also saw my wife alone with one tall black guy in the shop I rented for her. Not that he is in for business, but he followed my wife and her sister here and there
“Following all these, I called her younger sister and gave her N2,000 transport fare to go home so that I could actually understand what was going on in my house
“But my wife got upset. While I went to bed to sleep, she poured boiled groundnut oil on me, and then started hitting me with a hammer.”