A 35-year-old man, Isaiah Chukwu, has allegedly killed his lover and dumped her body in a waste bin in Ladipo, Oshodi area of Lagos State.
The spare parts dealer was said to have killed the 26-year-old deceased identified simply as Joy inside their apartment on Balogun Street. He had stuffed her corpse in a sac and dumped it in a public bin when he was caught by residents in the area.
According to PUNCH Metro, the lovers, both Ebonyi State indigenes lived together peacefully for two years before things started to look the other way.
A source said the man had declared his partner missing few days before the tragic incident.
He said, “The one-storeyed building where they lived had been contracted to a developer, who ordered all tenants in the house to leave. They were the only tenants remaining on the first floor. Some other tenants stayed on the ground floor.
“About four days ago, he said he had been looking for the woman and her telephone line had not been reachable. Later, he said it had been switched off.
“However, around 4am on Monday, he was seen dragging something from his apartment. Because it is the Ramadan period, there are usually movements on the street by that time.
“Some boys on the street saw him dragging the sack with difficulty and they asked him what was inside it. He said it was a heap of spoiled food and he was taking it to the refuse dump which was a few metres away. They asked him to open it, but he refused.”
The source noted that an Islamic cleric, who was going for prayers, stopped to volunteer to open the sack.
“As he opened it, an overpowering stench from the corpse filled the air and the youths stripped the man naked and beat him up. They were about to lynch him when policemen from the Akinpelu division arrived and took him away,” the trader added.
A police source said Joy was stabbed in the back adding that a knife used to commit the crime was recovered from the apartment.
“The man said he had called her when he travelled and a man picked the call. He said the man queried him (Chukwu) for disturbing his wife,” the police source said.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, confirmed the incident, adding that the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.
He said, “The man has been arrested, while the corpse has been deposited in a morgue for an autopsy.
Oti added that the Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi has ordered diligent prosecution of the case. “He has also advised residents not to stay in abusive relationships and report any case of domestic violence before it is too late,” he said.