A man identified as Jacob Nwachukwu from Abala in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State on Monday cut off his wife’s left hand over allegation of infidelity.
The man’s wife, Mrs Nwadiokeonu Nwachukwu, is now at a hospital in Aba, after her husband severed the hand and had reportedly been taken to her husband’s village at Abala for burial.
The incident said to happen on Monday, at Ogbor Hill Area of Aba, where the woman had lived for years, while the husband lived at their Abala village.
Vanguard gathered that a female co-tenant of Mrs Nwachukwu, who craved anonymity, said the couple had lived in the city for years before the husband lost his job and had to relocate to the village, leaving his wife, a trader, in the city.
She said: “The couple had always quarrelled any time the man visited his wife in the city, to the extent that all the tenants are aware and intervened in their quarrels.”
The man was said to have visited the wife on the day and during their usual quarrel, brought out a machete, cut off the wife’s hand and left with it to the village, while neighbours rushed her to the hospital.
It was also gathered that Mr. Nwachukwu’s intention was to kill his wife with the machete but missed the target as the woman was said to have used the severed hand to defend herself.
The suspected lover of the woman is said to be on the run, while her landlord reported the incident to a police station close to the hospital along Ogbor Hill, where the woman is currently on admission.
Reacting to the incident, the Area Commander, Aba Police Command, Mr. Peter Wabara, in a text message, said the incident was yet to be reported to him.
However, a police officer at Ogbor Hill Police Station, confirmed the incident and said investigation into the matter had commenced.