Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha
A 50-year old man, Mr Daniel Okafor, has committed suicide after he allegedly attacked his wife with acid in their home at Mbaise Nsugbe, Anambra State.
It was gathered from a source that the man poured acid on his wife after he had reportedly discovered that she had documented their son as next-of-kin for a house she supposedly built.
The source said that after the acid attack, in what appeared to be a murder-suicide attempt, Mr Okafor, thinking that he had killed his wife, allegedly drank a deadly substance suspected to be acid before the couple were rushed to the hospital.
The wife, Mrs Paulina Okafor, survived the deadly attack.
According to the source: “When the man found out that the building paper was in the name of their son he could not take it, so he decided to pour acid in her and the husband also drank the acid as well, thinking that he had killed the wife before they were taken to hospital, where the man was confirmed dead and the wife in critical condition.”
State Police Public Relations Officer Mr Haruna Mohommed, a Superintendent of Police, who confirmed the incident, said Mr Okafor man died at the hospital, while his wife was responding to treatment.
“On the 06/02/2019 at about 03:00am, there was a report at 3-3 Police Station Onitsha that one Daniel Okafor of Nsugbe allegedly poured some chemical substance suspected to be acid on his wife one Mrs Paulina Okafor of same address.
“Following the report, Police detectives attached to 3-3 Division visited the scene and rushed the victim to Immaculate Heart Hospital Onitsha for treatment. Consequently, the suspect also looked very sick and was equally rushed to Multi Care Hospital for medical attention”.
“The doctor confirmed that the suspect seems to have drank some quantities of the chemical he allegedly poured on his wife. He was later certified dead by a medical doctor while receiving treatment, and his corpse deposited at Apex mortuary for autopsy,” the police spokesman reported.
“Meanwhile, the wife is responding to treatment and the case is under investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident,” he concluded.