Adelani Adepegba, Abuja
A 45-year old man, Dominic Ogah, who allegedly killed his wife, Omagun, and his 16-month-daughter, Blessing, in Mpape, Abuja, may be subjected to psychiatric evaluation to determine his mental state.
It was gathered that the police authorities were considering taking Ogah for mental evaluation following his conflicting and inconsistent explanations on the circumstances that led to the murder of his family.
The bodies of Omagun and Blessing were found in a primary school, a few metres from their residence in Mpape in October, 2016. The deceased were stabbed to death and Ogah was subsequently arrested by detectives at his farm.
Police sources said detectives were working on the theory that an outsider could not have killed the victims and then dump their corpses in a public place.
The suspect, in an interview with Northern City News, in Abuja, could not give a coherent explanation about the death of his wife and daughter.
He failed to answer several questions put to him and merely stared into space.
But a police officer, who is familiar with the investigation into the murder, said Ogah, was alleged to have killed someone in Ibadan, Oyo State in a similar circumstance some years ago.
The detective said Ogah’s sister informed the police that the suspect was mentally ill, adding that he had been treated at a psychiatric hospital.
The police officer said, “The suspect’s sister informed us that Ogah committed a similar crime when he was living in Ibadan sometime ago. She explained that he was taken to a psychiatric hospital after the incident and when they felt he had recovered, he was released.
“So, we may have to take him to a psychiatric hospital to know his mental state.” (Punchng.com)