Ebonyi indigene arrested in Ogun over alleged murder of girlfriend


Ogun State Police command says it has arrested a 31-year- old man Rexlawson Jonson for allegedly killing his girlfriend, Patricia John.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the suspect who is an indigene of Ebonyi State, was arrested on Friday October 30, 2020.

He said the suspect took the 26-year-old lover to an hotel at Ibafo, where they had a misunderstanding and he allegedly strangulated her and fled the scene.

Oyeyemi said, “The arrest of the suspect followed a report by one Adebayo Aladesuyi who is a manager of ‘Molayo Hotel’ Ibafo who reported that while they were carrying out routine check of the hotel room, they discovered the dead body of the occupant of one of the rooms.

“She had bruises on her neck suggesting that the deceased might have been strangulated.”

He added that based on the report, the Divisional Police Officer, Ibafo Division, Jide Joshua led his detectives to the scene and recovered the corpse and deposited it in Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu for post mortem examination.

He said preliminary investigation later revealed that the deceased checked into the hotel with a man who fled the hotel after killing her.

Oyeyemi said through technical and intelligence-based investigation, the police were able to unravel the identity of the suspect.

 He explained that the suspect was subsequently traced and apprehended by detectives.

He said the suspect had confessed that he checked into the hotel with the deceased and that they had a misunderstanding which led to physical assault between them.

He added, “In the process, he said the woman collapsed and gave up the ghost. He subsequently left the corpse in the room and sneaked out of the hotel.”

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to Homicide section of the State Criminal investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.

He also appealed to hoteliers in the state to always have proper documentation of their customers in order to assist the police in a situation like this.


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