The Ogun Police Command, has arrested two suspected hired-assassins and a female banker, Oluchi Tochukwu. They were arrested over failed attempt to assassinate Oluchi’s husband, Tochukwu Onyebuchi.
The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu paraded the suspects at the command’s headquarters in Abeokuta on Wednesday.
He said that Oluchi hired the suspected criminals to assassinate her husband in his residence at Ayobo area of Lagos State.
Iliyasu named the two suspected assassins as Chigozie Smart (32) and Kingsley Ikechukwu (36).
He said that the police intercepted and arrested the criminals on October 19 at Ijebu-Ode while attempting to escape to Onitsha with the victim’s Range Rover Jeep.
He said that the police arrested Oluchi at Ayobo area of Lagos State.
Iliyasu said: “One Oluchi, a 32-year old banker, who is married to one Tochukwu Onyebuchi years ago, got separated from her husband following some matrimonial problems.
“The custody of their only child is currently being contested in the court, but Oluchi has another plan.
“Oluchi connived with the trio of Chigozie Smart, Kingsley Ikechukwu and one other who is now at large to eliminate her husband.
“She arranged for the weapons which includes cutlass, iron rods and acid which she kept in her husband’s compound. She described where she kept the weapons at Ayobo area of Lagos State.
“The suspects went there on Wednesday as planned and matcheted the man severally on his head and poured the acid on him.
“The suspects thereafter abandoned the victim and took away his range Rover Jeep. Oluchi had instructed them to drop the vehicle at her brother’s place in Onitsha, Anambra State.
How police nabbed the suspects
Ilyasu said that the police arrested the criminals during a routine stop and search. “Luck ran against the criminals when a patrol team of the Ogun State command on Wednesday sighted the vehicle along the Ijebu-Ode/Benin expressway and stopped it for search.
“While searching the vehicle, the police found blood stains. The two occupants were unable to give satisfactory account of the blood stain. The police arrested them consequently.
“It was during interrogation that the suspects revealed all that transpired to the police.’’
The commissioner said that the victim was treated at an undisclosed hospital. The police chief also said that the victim was in police custody, and that he’s helping with investigation.
Fielding questions from newsmen, Oluchi denied contracting the duo of Chigozie and Kingsley to assassinate her husband.
Oluchi, who acknowledged that her three-year-old marriage to her husband had crashed, told journalists that she had no reason to kill him.
Meanwhile, Chigozie told newsmen that it was Oluchi who hired them to kill her husband. He confesses that Oluchi promised to purchase “Tokunbo” cars for each of them after a successful operation.