A 31-year-old man, Rexlawson Johnson, had been nabbed by the Ogun State Police Command, over an alleged gruesome murder of his girlfriend, Patricia John (26).
Johnson, an indigene of Ebonyi State, allegedly committed the act on Friday, October 30, 2020, and was arrested on Monday, November 2.
Reporters At Large learnt that the suspect was apprehended after one Adebayo Aladesuyi, a manager of Molayo Hotel in Ibafo town, reported that while they were carrying out routine check on the hotel rooms, they discovered the dead body of the occupant of one of the rooms, with bruises on her neck, raising the suspicion that the deceased might have been strangulated.
According to the police command’s image-maker, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ibafo Division, CSP Jide Joshua led his detectives to the scene and recovered the corpse, which was taken to Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Shagamu for post-mortem examination.
“Preliminary investigation later revealed that the deceased checked into the hotel with Johnson.
But he sneaked out of the hotel after killing the lady,” the PPRO stated.
Oyeyemi added that the DPO and his men commenced technical and intelligence-based investigation, which led to unravelling the identity of the suspect.
The PPRO said: “He was traced and apprehended by the detectives.
“On interrogation, he confessed to checking into the hotel with the deceased.
The suspect disclosed that they had a misunderstanding, which led to a physical assault between them.
“In the process, he said the woman collapsed and gave up the ghost.
“He subsequently left the corpse in the room and sneaked out of the hotel.”
The PPRO said that the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.
The police commissioner appealed to hoteliers in the state to always have proper documentation of their guests, in order to assist the police in their investigations.