A 37-year-old driver who allegedly murdered the wife of his former employer was on Friday paraded in Ibadan by the police.
Twelve other suspects who were said to have inflicted machete cuts on a police officer were also paraded.
The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu, told newsmen that the driver had called the deceased, Rachael Ayanwale, on April 11 and lured her to the Awe-Oyo road under the pretence of taking her for prayers.
He said that the driver on the way strangled her, allegedly as punishment for supporting her husband in sacking him without paying his entitlement.
“The corpse of the deceased was later recovered at a nearby bush along the Awe-Oyo road and has been deposited at the morgue for autopsy.
” Investigation conducted by the police led to the arrest of the suspect on April 18 at Sango-Ota, Ogun State, where he had relocated.
” The Vibe Pontiac car of the deceased was also recovered in Mokola, Ibadan, where the suspect was attempting to dispose it off,” Olukolu said.
The suspect told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that he killed the deceased in revenge for the death of his baby.
“My wife was pregnant during the period I was sacked and the baby died because there was no money to take care of my wife during pregnancy.
” But I am now regretting my action,” he said.
NAN reports that the other 12 suspects were paraded for attacking a police team leader with a machete and vandalising a police Hilux vehicle.
The commissioner said that the suspects while armed with dangerous weapon invaded Ayegun and Fatusi communities to attack innocent members of the public as well as the police team deployed in the area.
” The police team did a tactical withdrawal and went to regroup with a team consisting of SARS and Puff Adder while discreet investigation and superior force led to the arrest of the suspects, ” Olukolu said.
NAN reports that items recovered from the suspects included two beret caps belonging to police men, three cutlasses, digger, shovel and one empty cell of cartridge.(NAN)