Mr Anthony Ikpeama, has been accused of beating his six months pregnant wife, Mrs Destiny Adaeze Ikpeama, into a coma in their Ajah home. The tortured wife lost her life in the hospital where the husband was reported to have unplugged the oxygen mask. The Lagos State Police are still investigating the murder.
A tribute was posted by Chukwudi Iwuchukwu, a colleague of the late wife, where he disclosed that the couple got married in 2014 and have two sons. Chukwudi went on to state that the Mr Anthony had ever since turned his wife to a punching bag. According to the tribute Chukwudi wrote;
“Even when relatives from both sides intervened several times by pleading with Anthony to stop beating his wife, if not for anything, she is the mother of his kids and his partner, the man was obtuse as he continued to beat the poor girl any time he was not in a good mood.
“COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown/staying at home made the domestic violence worse as it now became a daily ritual.
“Two days ago, another round of beating started and this time around, it was very intense which eventually ended up taking her life.
“That Adaeze was six months pregnant was not enough to stop him in his track, rather it intensified the beating of the poor girl.
“When Adaeze went into coma and was rushed to the hospital by her good neighbours who came to her aid, Anthony followed them to the hospital and immediately she was admitted and oxygen was placed on her to resuscitate her, the husband went to her bedside and then removed the oxygen mask.
“That was how Adaeze suffered cardiac arrest and died,” Iwuchukwu posted.
The incident was immediately reported at the Ajah Police Station, while the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Zone II, Onikan, Ahmed Iliyasu, was also contacted for assistance by some of the lawyers.
It was gathered that with the help of the AIG, detectives were deployed to fish out the suspect from his hideout where he was arrested around 2am yesterday.
Spokesman for the zonal command, DSP Hauwa Adamu-Idris, confirmed the suspect and the complainants were at the zonal headquarters.
Spokesman for the Lagos Police Command, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident, adding that it occurred on April 10.
“The suspect, Anthony Ikpeama, has been arrested.”
He stated that the 28-year-old woman died on April 10, and that the husband/suspect removed the oxygen mask on her, before she finally gave up the ghost.