Ogun State Police have arrested two suspected assassins following an attempted assassination of one Mr. Tochukwu Onyebuchi on alleged order of his estranged wife,who is a staff of one of the new generation banks in Lagos.The suspects identified as Chigozie Nworie and Kingsley Ofotele, were nabbed while escaping to Anambra State with their victim’s Range Rover Jeep, a Sport Utility Vehicle(SUV).
The duo and another suspect currently at large, attacked Tochukwu Onyebuchi in his Compound at Ajah area of Lagos State using cutlass and rods before pouring acid on him. Fortunately, he survived the assassination attempt.
According to The Nation, the suspects were hired by the victim's wife, Oluchi Onyebuchi, 32, to eliminate her husband. She also supplied the weapons used in the botched assassination bid.
Parading the suspect today, before newsmen at the Eleweran Headquarters of the Police Command. the Police Commissioner in Ogun State, Ahmed Iliyasu, said the suspects were taking the SUV to Oluchi’s brother in Anambra as instructed by her when the Police in Ogun arrested the at Ijebu – Ode stretch of Sagamu – Benin expressway last Wednesday. Further investigation led to the arrest of Oluchi on Tuesday, October 25th, at Ayobo area of Lagos State, where she was found hiding in her maiden home.
"One Oluchi who is married to her husband(Tochukwu Onyebuchi) years ago, but the marriage recently has some problems which prompted the couples to separate from each other. The custody of their only child is being contested in court, but Oluchi has another plan. She arranged with the trio of Chigozie Smart Nworie, Kingsley Ikechukwu Ofotele and one other who is now at large to eliminate her husband. She arranged for the weapons –cutlass, Iron rod and acid to be used and kept somewhere in the husband’s compound in Lagos and described where the weapons were kept to the assailants.
"The suspects went there as planned, matcheted the man severally on his head and poured acid on him. It was the offensive odour that came out from the suit worn by the victim when the acid touched it that made the suspects to quickly abandon him and took away his Range Rover Jeep which the wife instructed them to take and deliver to her brother in Anambra State. Luck ran against them when the Policemen of Ogun State Command sighted the vehicle along Ijebu –Ode – Benin expressway and stopped it for a search. While searching the vehicle, blood stain was seen and the two occupants – the suspects, were unable to give satisfactory account of themselves, hence they were arrested," Iliyasu said.
However, while admitting that her marriage of three years is going through rough patch, Oluchi claimed she never intended to kill him and also denied hiring the trio to eliminate her husband.