The Plateau Police Command on Thursday confirmed the arrest of a 40 year-old man, Victor Dashit, who allegedly strangled his eight month pregnant wife, Irene.
“Victor is in our custody and investigation is ongoing. We shall soon take him to court,” its spokesman, Terna Tyopev told NAN in Jos.
He said Dashit, an employee of the National Industrial Court, Jos who resides at New Abuja area of Jos, killed the wife, a 33-year-old teacher at their farm in Kangang on June 2.
The investigation revealed that Dashit, after killing the woman, invited his brother to help him to convey her to hospital after lying that she slumped few minutes after she complained of feeling dizzy.
A family source said that prior to the incident, the couple had faced problems leading to persistent domestic violence.
He said the situation got worse in May 2016, when the deceased caught her husband in bed with their maid in their home.
“The woman woke up one night sometime in May 2016 and did not see her husband on the bed.
“After combing the entire house, she peeped into the house help’s room and found her husband on her,” the source said.
He said that Irene sent the girl out of the house, but the girl came back two months later and told the husband that she was pregnant.
“Nora’s pregnancy aggravated the problems in their marriage; at a point, Irene fled to her parents’ house in Gindiri, but was persuaded to return to her husband’s house by their pastor.
“The pastor persuaded her to return in November 2016, after intervening in the quarrel. She became pregnant immediately.
She said that Irene had two daughters, while the baby, a male, removed from her womb after she died, did not survive.