Mrs. Chika Orji, a 41-year-old Lagos based woman has been arrested for allegedly paying N500, 000 to have her husband of 14-years killed by hired assassin.
Policemen attached to Area ‘J’ Command, Ajah, Lagos State, however foiled attempt by the assassins on the life of Mr. Orji, when the security operatives arrested Bright Ikechukwu, one of the suspects who travelled all the way from Delta to Lagos state to carry out the execution.
Ikechukwu’s confession that they were sent by Mr Orji’s wife, led to the arrest of Mrs. Orji.
The suspect, Mrs. Chika Orji, who is a mother of four, refuted the allegation, stating that she only sent the suspected assassins to beat up her husband following a disagreement that led to their separation.
“We got married 14 years ago and are blessed with three daughters and a son. All of a sudden, my husband 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.
“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 N85 million, 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.”
Reacting to Mrs Orji’s side of the story, the suspected assassin however responded in the negative, insisting that they were paid N500, 000 by the woman to kill her husband.
“I live in Ogwuashi-Ukwu, Delta State. My friend, Ekene, said he had a job for me. This was three weeks ago. I hurriedly came to Lagos and stayed with him in Ajah, where I met another of his friend, Samuel.
“He told us that Madam Chika promised him N500,000 to kill her husband Thereafter, he told Samuel to take me to Mr. Orji’s house, to identify the target. We went there and hid inside a tricycle, waiting for Mr. Orji, who we were told always came to open the gate himself whenever he was returning home.
“But on that day, it was his daughter that opened the gate. We went back the next day, yet it was his daughter that opened the gate again.
“By the time we went the third day, it was Mr Orji that opened the gate himself. The plan was to rush to him and stab him eight times in the chest, rib and neck. But Samuel, who was supposed to stab him, went to buy cigarette and by the time he came back, our target had gone inside and shut the gate.
“Out of frustration, I went back home and told Ekene to give me my own share of the money that I was going home. But he stated that Madam Chika would only pay after the job was done. I decided to go to Mr. Orji’s apartment to steal instead, to get some money to go back to Delta State.
“But as I was trying to jump through the fence, somebody raised alarm which attracted members of a vigilante in the area, who apprehended me. I had to open up when they almost killed me,” the suspect added.