A 32-YEAR-OLD female banker, Oluchi Onyebuchi was yesterday paraded along two other suspects for a failed assassination attempt on her husband Tochuckwu Onyebuchi. The duo of Chigozie Smart Nworie and Kingsley Ikechukwu Ofotele were allegedly contracted alongside one other suspect now at large, to assassinate Mr Onyebuchi over a marriage issue. The female banker, who was said to be a staff of Fidelity Bank, allegedly contracted the suspects and also arranged all ammunition, including acid, to be used in killing the man. Oluchi was said to have hid all the ammunitions in Ayobo, Lagos residence of her estranged husband, and directed the hired assassins on where to get them. The suspects were said to have attacked Onybuchi last Wednesday and cut him with machetes to point of death before pouring the acid on him. They immediately fled the scene and took away his Range Rover jeep, which his wife instructed to be delivered to her brother in Anambra State. Parading the suspects before newsmen at the Ogun State Police Command headquarters in Eleweeran, Abeokuta, the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu said the suspects were arrested the same day on their way to Anambra. The commission said the police on stop and search operation in Ijebu-Ode Benin expressway noticed a blood stain on the car while the occupants were unable to give satisfactory answer. Ilyasu said mobile phones were taken away from the suspects while calls to the phones were monitored, leading to the arrest of the wife. He said, “The suspects went there as planned; matcheted the man severally on his head and poured the acid on him. It was the smoke and the offensive odour that came out from the suit worn by the victim when the acid touched it that made the suspects to quickly abandon him and went away with his Range Rover jeep, which the wife instructed them to deliver to her brother in Anambra State.” The CP further stated that the couple had been separated for a while with the wife living with her father somewhere in Lagos State while the husband had a date with a court yesterday (Wednesday) over the custody of the only daughter of the marriage. Fielding questions from newsmen during their parade, the banker denied contracting the suspects to assassinate her husband. Though acknowledging that their three years old marriage had crashed, Oluchi told journalists that she had no reason to kill her husband. Meanwhile, during interrogation, leader of the suspected assassins, Chigozie maintained that it was Oluchi that contracted them to kill Tochukwu with a promise of purchasing “tokunbo” cars for each of them after a successful operation. The police boss said the case was under investigation at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID.

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