A carpenter, Segun Ebenezer, allegedly beat his wife Omotosho to death during a dispute with the boss of a private school in the state.

Punch the subway It is understood the deceased and her husband were at the home when they began arguing over who owned the property.

The argument festered as the carpenter reached for an iron padlock and allegedly hit his wife over the head with it.

The 45-year-old husband sent her to the Federal Medical Center in Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, for treatment immediately after realizing that his wife was seriously injured.

State police public relations officer SP Abimbola Oyeyemi said in a statement on Monday that Omotosho died while being treated in hospital, adding that Ebenezer was arrested after the deceased’s sister lodged a complaint with the Kemta police station.

Oyeyemi said: “The deceased was rushed by the suspect (Ebenezer) to Abeokuta Idi Abba Federal Medical Center for treatment, but died while receiving treatment.

“Unbeknownst to her husband, the deceased sent a voice message to the family telling them that he hit her head with a padlock while beating her and that if she died they should know that her husband beat her to death.

“When his ear heard the voice prompt, the husband realized that his evil deeds had been exposed, and immediately followed.

“Based on reports and recorded evidence, DPO, Kemta Department, CSP Adeniyi Adekunle directed his detectives to hunt down the husband. He was then traced to Akinseku village in Abeokuta where he was hibernating and was promptly arrested.”

Oyeyemi said initial investigations showed the couple had been fighting over ownership of a private school that the deceased had built in his and her husband’s names.

He added: “The carpenter’s husband had wanted to take over the school but the late NCE graduate refused.

“That’s why the suspect kept beating the deceased (Omotosho) until the fateful day when he hit her on the head with an iron padlock, which eventually resulted in her death.”

State Police Commissioner Lanre Bankole directed the suspect to be referred to the state Department of Criminal Investigation’s homicide unit for further investigation and prosecution, Oyeyemi said.

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