Chika Orji, a 41-year-old woman, who was arrested in Ajah, Lagos State, for allegedly hiring assassins to kill her husband of 14 years, over a disagreement which led to their separation, has said she was a frustrated housewife but that she only sent the thugs to beat him.
Mrs. Orji, was arrested following a confessional statement by one of the suspected assassins, Bright Ikechukwu, who was arrested while attempting to break into Mr. Orji’s apartment at Jakande Estate, Ajah.
During preliminary investigation, it was discovered that one of those hired for the botched assassination was a carpenter, identified as Ekene, who usually worked for Mr. Orji.
During interrogation, Mrs Orji, a mother-of-four, said: “We got married 14 years ago. All of a sudden, he became a wife beater. He would beat me, leaving me with swollen face and would also threaten to kill me.
He chased me out of the house three years ago. I made several efforts to get my children back, part of which was to report him to human rights offices for settlement. But he did not honour any of the invitations.
Both families have made attempts to settle us, but he would not listen. He was served with a court warrant over the issue, but he also refused to show up. Along the line, he sold the house we both built for N85m, but never gave me any dime.
He also stopped our children from visiting me and any attempt to see them always resulted in beating. Out of frustration, I told Ekene, our carpenter, to beat him up. I did not pay him or hire anyone to kill him. I am a frustrated woman and I am sorry for everything.”
However, the arrested suspect, Bright Ikechukwu, insisted that he was contracted by Ekene to kill Mr. Orji, on the instructions of his estranged wife. Ikechukwu, disclosed that he travelled all the way from Delta State to carry out the operation, with another thug, Samuel.