The Nasarawa State Police Command has arrested a man, Ovye Yakubu, for the alleged murder of his wife, Esther Aya.
In a Saturday statement, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Ramhan Nansel, confirmed the arrest.
The police spokesman said that the incident occurred at the couple’s residence in Sabonpegi-Shabu community of Lafia.
Nansel said that the suspect was arrested on Friday, January 7.
The PPRO said that the suspect has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia, where an investigation is currently ongoing to unravel the mystery behind the incident.
Nansel stated that the corpse of the victim had been deposited at the morgue for post-mortem examination.
The accused allegedly beat his wife to death following an argument that led to a quarrel, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported.
A family member of the deceased who preferred anonymity alledged that a heated argument ensued between the couple when the suspect tried to stop a carpenter engaged by the wife to fix a net to their window.
He alledged that the suspect had beaten up the wife when she insisted that the carpenter should continued with the work.
“The deceased engaged the service of a carpenter to fix a net in their windows to prevent mosquitoes, but the husband stopped the carpenter, which the wife resisted, eventually the husband started beating her in the process,” he alleged.
On his part, the carpenter who also pleaded anonymity, alledged that the suspect chased him away when he was engaged by the deceased to fix net.