Tragedy erupted in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State as a man identified as Daniel Okafor allegedly committed suicide at Nsugbe, Anambra State because his wife, Pauline, refused to name him the inheritor of a house she built.
Our Correspondent gathered that Pauline nominated her son as the inheritor of the property, a development that said to have angered her husband.
As a consequence, Daniel reportedly bathed her in a substance suspected to be acid and thereafter took his own life.
A source, who begged not to be named, told our correspondent that the deceased attacked his wife after she built a house and used their son as her next of kin and inheritor of the property.
“When the man found out, he could not take it, so he decided to pour acid on her. The husband also drank the acid and died, while his wife is currently hospitalised at a clinic,” the source said.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the story to our correspondent.
He said the incident happened around 3am on Tuesday.
Mohammed stated, “Around 3am, there was a report at the 3-3 Police Station, Onitsha, that one Daniel Okafor of Nsugbe allegedly poured a chemical substance suspected to be acid on his wife, one Mrs Pauline Okafor, of the same address.
“Following the report, police detectives attached to the 3-3 Division visited the scene and rushed the victim to the Immaculate Heart Hospital, Onitsha, for treatment.
“The suspect also looked very sick and was equally rushed to the Multi Care Hospital for medical attention. The doctor confirmed that the suspect seemed to have drank some quantity of the chemical he allegedly poured on his wife.
“He was later certified dead by a medical doctor while still receiving treatment and his corpse was deposited at the Apex Mortuary for autopsy.”
The Police Spokesman added that the wife was responding to treatment and that the case was under investigation to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident.