A 48 year old man, Stephen Nnadigo, on Saturday night allegedly killed four of his children, sister in-law and then, himself, over his wife’s alleged infidelity.
The incident took place at Awada Obosi, near Onitsha, Anambra State.
It was gathered that the deceased, before allegedly killing himself, had written a letter addressed to the Police claiming responsibility for his action.
Nnadiogo who was said to have had a strained relationship with his wife who he accused of infidelity, was reportedly told by his wife whenever they had disagreement that he wasn’t the biological father of all the children.
According to a witness who spoke on condition of anonymity, the wife, Chika, was at her medicine shop around 8.45pm when all hell broke loose.
The source said: “Whenever the couple had issues, the woman would say that he was not the biological father of their kids. She said that she engaged in extra marital affairs because her husband was impotent. The man would in turn call her a prostitute and a randy woman who could not be satisfied by one man.
“On Saturday, as the wife left their house for her medicine store in the evening, with their four children left behind, her husband called the children one after the other. He observed their face closely and thereafter began to stab them with a knife.”
The source said after stabbing all his children to death, Nnadiogo chased the housemaid around his apartment and killed her.
He added: “He hid himself in one of the rooms in the four-storeyed building where they lived and took his own life by taking poison. Before he killed himself, he said ‘let her (Chika) now go and stay with the biological father of her children.”
The incident was confirmed by the divisional police officer, Martin Mbajunwa, who stated that investigation was ongoing.
He added: “The corpses of the victims have been deposited in a morgue.”
According to the Anambra state police public relations officer, Nkeiruka Nwode, Nnadiogo was recently discharged from a psychiatric hospital in Abia state.
She said: “I was at the scene of the incident yesterday (Saturday) and today (Sunday). For now, I can’t give a comprehensive report of what happened. Whatever that happened is inexplicable. It is better we wait for the medical reports to provide additional details. It was said that the man just left a psychiatric hospital in Arochukwu, Abia state.”
Nwode stated that Nnadiogo dropped a letter before committing the crime, but said it was premature to reveal its content.
The man had reportedly been undergoing mental treatment in a psychiatric hospital in the area, after his return from overseas some years back.
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