A 40-year-old man from Okpoma village in Cross River State, Dominic Iyayi Ogar, has been arrested over the murder of his wife and their only daughter.
Ogar is alleged to have committed the act on October 8, 2016 in Mpape, Abuja. The Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory Command, Mr. Mohammed Mustafa told reporters that Ogar, who slept with his 27-year-old wife, Omago and Blessing, their two-year-old daughter on the same bed, woke up in the middle of the night, took a knife and stabbed both of them to death.
The accused then carried both their corpses to a nearby nursery and primary school in the area; he allegedly wrote a small note and dropped it beside the corpses and then ran off to hide in his farm.
However, the crime was discovered when a neighbor, Destiny Onwusuaka, noticed a trail of blood that led to the door of the family house. When questioned, Onwusuaka said: “It was around 7am when I discovered stains of blood on the floor and followed the trail to the door of Ogar. When I looked into the room, I saw a pool of blood but I didn’t see the husband or the victims. It was later that I saw the two corpses where the husband dropped them. I shouted and called our neighbours. We then ran to the police to report what we saw. We started searching for the husband. It took four days before we found him and arrested him in his farm on October 11, 2016.”
Following the arrest of the suspect, the corpses of the deceased were moved to the mortuary of the National Hospital, Abuja.
At the Criminal Investigation Department of the FCT Police Command, where Ogar was detained he told reporters “I don’t have a job, I cannot feed my family, I can only feed myself, and God should forgive me for what I have done. I don’t know what came to my mind; it was frustration that led me to stab my wife and only daughter to enable me survive in life.”
The Police Commissioner said Ogar would soon be arraigned to face the murder charges.