The Lagos state police command has issued a statement on the case involving Udeme Odibi, the 47-year-old lawyer said to have murdered her 50-year-old husband, Mr Otike Odibi, last Wednesday in their apartment at 12A, Emerald Avenue, Diamond Estate, Sango-Tedo, in Ogombo, Ajah area of Lagos State.
The state Commissioner of police, Edgal Imohimi said investigation carried out so far shows that the murder might have been premeditated. He said the suspect had allegedly purchased a new set of knifes the day before carrying out the murder.
She had also packed her certificates and belongings and was planning to travel to the UK immediately after she had killed her husband of three years.
”Findings so far into the case revealed the followings: That the couple had marital issues bordering on extra marital affairs; that on the day of the incident, the suspect sent a Whatsapp message to her sister in-law complaining about her husband and asked her to pray for them and equally ask God to forgive her” Edgal said
The police boss added that the suspect has confessed to committing the crime. In her statement to the police, Udeme who is currently in the hospital after a failed attempt to commit suicide, said she called her mother on phone that she has killed her husband and that she had hit the deceased with a fry pan on the head before stabbing him with the knife, cutting off his manhood and placing it on his right hand. The murder weapon has been recovered.
“Investigation also revealed that the deceased had earlier called his mother on phone and reported that his wife was threatening to kill him with a knife; that after stabbing the deceased in the stomach and seeing the intestines spilling out, the suspect did not attempt to seek assistance from their neighbours, rather, she called her mother, who was miles away that she had killed her husband” CP Imohimi said
Friends who know the couple well Udeme, who met her husband while she was working in his law firm was a very jealous who hated to see her husband close to any other woman.
The deceased was a divorcee before marrying Udeme, who was working in his law form. He had a daughter with his first wife. Sources close to the family say trouble started when Otike insisted that he would will some of his properties to his daughter, a decision Udeme was not comfortqble with. Udeme and Otike were yet to have a child together.