Fresh updates have emerged on the domestic violence story of Udeme Odibi, the 47-year-old Lagos-based lawyer, who reportedly stabbed her 50-year-old husband to death at their resident recently.
A new report in Punch newspaper reveals that Mrs Odibi was supposed to travel abroad a day before the crime was allegedly committed in the early hours of Thursday at the couple’s residence on Diamond Estate, Sangotedo, in Ajah area of Lagos State.
It was gathered that she had arranged her luggage, preparatory to the journey on Wednesday, but reportedly decided to shelve the plan.
A source, who confided in Punch on Friday, stated that the suspect had been abroad since December 2017 before returning to Nigeria in April 2018.
It had been reported that Udeme stabbed her husband identified as Odibe Otike, and ripped his stomach open, exposing the intestines and then severed his genital and placed it on his right hand.
She then attempted to take her own life but she was rescued by neighbors and rushed to the hospital for treatment.
The Lagos State Police Command, which confirmed the incident, said the victim had called a neighbour, his younger sister and mother on the telephone on Wednesday night, informing them of his wife’s threat to kill him.
It was gathered that the duo’s three-year-old marriage that had not produced a child, was fraught with domestic violence.
“The woman is jealous and always making trouble with the man. She used to be a lawyer in her husband’s chambers. Any time she saw a female client with the man, he was in trouble. At a point, the man had to let her leave the chambers.
“She was supposed to travel abroad a day before she killed the man. She had already packed her luggage before she decided not to embark on the journey again,” the source said.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, said the suspect was still in the hospital under police watch and that investigation into the matter was ongoing.Oti had earlier reported that on May 3, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Ogombo, Ajah, Lagos, received a distress call at about 7:30 a.m. that one Mr Otike Odibi was allegedly killed in his house at Diamond Estate, Sango-Tedo Lagos, by his wife.Based on the information, the DPO mobilised a team of detectives to the scene where they found the man lying on the bed in the pool of his own blood, with his stomach ripped open and exposing the intestine.
As if that was not enough, the killer severed his genital and placed it on his right hand. However, before the arrival of the Police, Mrs Udeme who had unsuccessfully attempted to commit suicide after allegedly killing her husband, was rushed to the hospital for treatment by neighbours.Sequel to the above, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Edgal Imohimi, directed Crime Scene Detectives from the homicide section of the SCID Panti Yaba and Forensic experts to the scene to aid in the investigation.
Witness account revealed that the couple both of whom are lawyers were married three years ago after the deceased divorced his first wife.The deceased first marriage produced a daughter currently schooling in the UK. However, the current marriage is said to be without a child.Further information from a neighbour revealed that the deceased called him on phone in the night before he was murdered, complaining that the wife was threatening to kill him with a knife.The said neighbour, however, warned him to be careful. The deceased also called his mother and his younger sister complaining of threat to his life that fateful night.
The CP noted that not too long ago, a husband allegedly killed his wife and baby in Banana Island Lagos. He therefore advised couples to learn to resolve their matrimonial disputes without resorting to violence.” the statement read.