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The bodies of a couple were recovered by the police in Lagos at the man’s residence in the Ilasan area of the state. The man was alleged to have killed himself and his partner.
The couple, identified as Olamide Alli, 25, and Chris Ndukwe, 39, were found dead in the man’s residence at Road 5, House 16a, Victory Point Estate, Ilasan.
A public statement by the Police on the case stated thus:
“On 21/06/2020 at about 1600hrs, Ilasan Police Station received an information that a couple identified as Olamide Alli ‘f’ 25 years old and Chris Ndukwe ‘m’ 39 years old were found dead in the man’s residence at road 5, House 16a, Victory Point Estate, Ilasan. A team of homicide detectives was deployed to the scene.
“The woman was found lying in the pool of her blood with deep cuts on her head. The man’s mouth was foaming with whitish substance. It is alleged that the man stabbed the woman to death with a kitchen knife and thereafter drank some poisonous substances suspected to be insecticides. Two blood stained kitchen knives, two empty bottles of the poisonous substances, three empty cans of red bull energy drink and a plier were recovered from the scene. The two corpses were removed and deposited in a public mortuary for autopsy.
“Information gathered from some family members revealed that the couple were in a relationship for over seven years, though not married, have two boys, ages 7 and 3. The relationship is described as complicated, as the couple were on and off over the years. The woman is said to have visited the man alongside her 22-year-old sister a night before the incident on his invitation. Her sister was the first to have noticed that the couple were dead and raised an alarm.
“In her statement, she was woken up by loud music from the room where the corpses were found, as herself and the kids slept in a different room. It is not yet clear what might have triggered the murder.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered a thorough investigation into the case. Investigation is ongoing.”
The alleged Olamide Alli’s Murder By Her Partner, Chris Ndukwe has become one too many in this season of endemic gender-based violence in Nigeria.
In most domestic violence cases, the red flags are always there. However, some people usually ‘blinded by love or other considerations’ ignore or excuse these red flags until it is too late.The increase in gender-based violence in Nigeria seriously calls for concern. There is a need for collective change of attitude.
Attitudinal change is even more important and effective than strict application and enforcement of the relevant laws.