Luck ran out on a woman who paid N500,000 hired assassins to kill her husband as she was apprehended by police operatives attached to Area ‘J’ Command, Ajah, in Lagos State.
The 41-year-old suspect Mrs. Chika Orji, has confessed that she sent thugs to beat up her husband out of frustration over a disagreement which led to their separation.
One of the suspected assassins, Bright Ikechukwu, made a confession which fuelled the suspect’s arrest while she attempted to break into the man’s apartment at Jakande Estate, Ajah.
During preliminary investigation, it was discovered that one of those hired for the botched assassination was a carpenter, identified as Ekene, who usually worked for Mr. Orji.
Mrs Orji, a mother of four who denied sending the assassins to kill her husband said she only told them to beat him to teach him a lesson for always beating her.
She said: “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. But he did not honour any of the invitations. Both families have made attempts to settle us, but he would not listen.
“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.”
However, the arrested suspect, Bright Ikechukwu, insisted that he was contracted by Ekene to kill Mr. Orji, on the instructions of his estranged wife.
Ikechukwu, a plumber, disclosed that he travelled all the way from Delta State to carry out the operation, with another thug whose name he gave simply as Samuel.
He said: “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.”
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