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Monday Hounga who was suspected of killing his partner, Cecelia Joseph on Christmas day and subsequently fled to Benin Republic has surrendered voluntarily to the police.
The Punch reports that the 28 year old claimed that he and his lover were attacked by a gang on the fateful day and that while Cecelia was stabbed to death, his stomach was ripped.
Hounga claimed that the reason a relative took him to Benin republic was because four hospitals refused to admit him for treatment in Nigeria. He said he surrendered when he heard in the news that he was wanted for the death of his lover.
It was earlier reported that a bloody fight ensued between the couples in their residence in Raji Rasaki Estate, in the FESTAC Town area of Lagos. This led to the death of the victim.
The police released a statement that it had arrested a woman, Taiye Ganiyu, and one Sodjinou Singbo, for aiding his escape.
Hounga said after he surrendered that he and Cecilia have been together for more than a decade and he couldn’t have killed her.
“We have known each other for more than 10 years now. We met while in the primary school. Although we attended different primary schools, we usually met during inter-house competitions and that was when we started dating.
“I rented the apartment where we lived and we had been living together for more than one year. We would have been married, but her parents said she should get pregnant for me first.
“On December 25, around 12.30am, while we were both asleep, she (Cecelia) suddenly shouted, ‘Monday, help me.’ As I opened my eyes, I woke up to see a gun pointed at my head. The intruders were three, but only one carried a gun. He said if I shouted, he would blast my head off.
“They stabbed me in the hand and in the wrist when I tried to struggle with them. They later stabbed me in the stomach. I forced myself to pull out the knife from my stomach. When I checked Cecelia, she was dead.”
He said when hospitals in Nigeria could not admit him for surgery; he had to go to Benin for treatment. He said he loved her so much and wouldn’t have killed her.
Titilayo Joseph, the elder sister of the victim said Cecilia was living with her and not with the suspect and had only gone to his place during the festive period.
“I was at home on December 26 when I received a call that she had a fight with her boyfriend and he had stabbed her to death.
“He claimed they were attacked by robbers; were they the only one living in that compound? Why was she the only one that was stabbed to death? Why didn’t he raise the alarm?”
The Lagos state police vowed to investigate the matter and bring the culprit to Justice.