- The police in Ogun have arrested one Mutiu Sonola for reportedly beating his wife, Zainab Shotayo, to death on Christmas day
- Sonola was said to have rained punches on the victim over a minor issue
- The suspect has been arrested and police say he had often beaten the woman habitually
While Nigerians celebrated the Christmas on Wednesday, December 25, tragedy struck in Ogun state when a 37-year-old man reportedly beat his wife to death.
It was learnt that the altercation between Mutiu Sonola and Zainab Shotayo started early on Christmas day with the man rebuffing entreaties as he pounced on the woman over what neighbours described as a minor issue.
It was learnt that the 34-year-old woman slumped following the punches from her husband. She, thereafter, went into a coma and never regained consciousness.
Seeing what he had allegedly caused, The Nation reports that Sonola fled while neighbours alerted the woman’s parents before she was rushed to the state hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta.
However, it was reported that doctors confirmed her dead on arrival.
Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the Ogun police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said in a statement Sonola was arrested by operatives from Ibara division of the law enforcement agency.
According to Abimbola, police investigation showed that the suspects had always beaten the deceased habitually.
The police spokesperson said the body of the victim had been deposited at the mortuary for autopsy.
Abimbola explained that the suspect would be transferred to the homicide section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for prosecution.
“As soon as the suspect realised that the victim was dead, he took to his heels and on the strength of the report, the divisional police officer, Ibara division, Dada Olusegun mobilised his detectives and went after the suspect.
“His hiding place was eventually located and he was promptly arrested,” the statement said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, recently sent a strong message to operatives, warning them against misconduct during the festive season.
Police spokesperson, Frank Mba, made this known in a statement released on Sunday, December 22.
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