was believed to have killed his live-in lover, Cecelia Joseph, and fled
to Benin Republic, has voluntarily submitted himself to the police.
attacked by a three-man gang on Christmas Day, adding that the armed men
stabbed 21-year-old Joseph to death and ripped open his stomach.
hospitals in Nigeria, a relative got a cab which took him to Porto Novo,
Benin, on the fateful day, where he underwent a life-saving operation.
advice to risk his health and submit to the police after he learnt that
he had been declared wanted for murder.
by the Interpol for allegedly killing Cecelia in Raji Rasaki Estate, in
the FESTAC Town area of Lagos State.
suspect and Cecelia had had a disagreement on Christmas day which
culminated in a bloody fight during which the victim was stabbed to
contacted Interpol to assist with the arrest of the suspect, after he
was said to have escaped to Benin Republic.
saying it had arrested a woman, Taiye Ganiyu, and one Sodjinou Singbo,
for aiding his escape.
that Hounga surrendered himself to the police in Benin on January 1,
2016, and was transferred to the FESTAC Police Division the next day.
“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.”
few other people later arrived and put him in a tricycle which took him
to a nearby hospital where he was rejected.
rejected at a general hospital and two other places, a relative was said
to have suggested that he should be taken to the Porto Novo Hospital in
“I was on admission when I
heard in the news that I killed Cecelia. Here was somebody I loved so
much and would many times kneel to beg whenever we had issues. Why would
I kill her?”
separated from him after she was impregnated by another man, whom she
claimed her family supported.
“She came back in 2014 and because of
the love I had for her, I accepted her. Despite what happened, I have
not stopped loving her and if I get out of this case, I don’t think I
will ever love any woman like I loved her,” he said.
Titilayo Joseph, denied that Hounga and Cecelia lived together, saying
that her sister was staying with her in Mazamaza.
“Cece (Cecelia) lived with me and not him. She would go to work in the morning and return home at evening.“I called her on December 24 to know why she was not at home and she said the Yuletide season had kept her busy at work.“On December 25, she came home to pick something and my neighbours said they saw her. I was sick and couldn’t go out.“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?”
“It was a miracle that he
survived because all his entrails were out. One of the doctors in the
hospitals he was rushed to has made statement to corroborate Hounga’s