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Oke-Eri River where Iyabo's body was found floating.
Oke-Eri River where Iyabo's body was found floating.

Police Arrest Man Over Murder of Wife of Ten Years

Eniola Awokoya

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a 45-year-old man, Philip Ononaku, in connection with the death of his estranged wife, Iyabo Akinpelu.

Iyabo, 48, was reportedly found dead floating on a river in Oke Eeri, off Odo Eran, in the Oworonshoki area of the  state on Friday after she was declared missing by her family the previous day.

According to reports, Iyabo and Ononaku had been living together for about 10 years.

However, last year, the woman packed out of the house and relocated due to alleged domestic violence.

It was gathered that Ononaku saw Iyabo with another man last Tuesday and protested. He was allegedly beaten up by the man.

He was said to have reported the assault at the Oworonshoki Police Division and Iyabo was arrested.

Ononaku, reportedly became angry when his estranged wife was released the following day and he allegedly threatened to deal with her.

The deceased’s younger brother, Olukayode Akinpelu, said his sister had told neighbours that she was going to bed around 9pm on Wednesday, but was not found in her apartment at dawn.

He accused Ononaku of having a hand in his sister’s death.

He said, “They had lived as a couple for 10 years without a child. The man usually beat her. Two years ago, I got a call from her neighbours that her husband was beating her. I had to get the police to rescue her. They stopped living together last year.

“On Tuesday, there was a misunderstanding between them and they fought. My sister was arrested and released on Wednesday. The husband was not pleased and he threatened to deal with her.”