Man kills lover over failure to cook rice properly

Nkeruewen Etuk, who beat his lover to death has said that he did that because she burnt the rice she was cooking and almost set their apartment on fire.

The 54-year-old revealed that his lover, identified as Esther Ndereke could not cook rice properly and it outraged him into beating her.

Etuk while being paraded before newsmen said he never had the intention of killing Ms. Ndereke.

“I became increasingly outraged by her failure to cook rice properly, which became a major point of contention between us. She almost burnt down the house while cooking. She didn’t add enough water before turning on the gas and she almost burnt down the house.

“When I asked her why she behaved that way, that was when we started arguing then I beat her up. I never intended to kill her. I have never had any serious issues with her for the past two years that we have been dating.

“Unfortunately, our altercation escalated, resulting in her tragic demise after she slumped during the fight. It was never my plan to kill her. I was only angry because she was careless and almost burnt down someone’s house” he said”

Recall that the Police Command in Cross River arrested Etuk for allegedly beating his girlfriend to death in Calabar South Local Government Area of the state.

The command’s Spokesperson, SP Irene Ugbo, confirmed the arrest in Calabar on Wednesday.

She said that the suspect attacked the victim, simply identified as Ndereke, after a minor disagreement that occurred at Abasi Obori Street on Tuesday.

Ugbo said the personnel of Uwanse Divisional Police Headquarters carried out the arrest on arriving at the scene, following a distress call received on the incident.

“The police rushed the victim to University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH). Unfortunately, she didn’t make it, as she was certified dead on arrival by the doctor on duty.

“Following established protocols, her remains were deposited in the morgue for autopsy, to shed more light on the exact cause of her death.

“The suspect is already in our custody and we will ensure that he faces the full weight of justice for his alleged action,” the police spokesperson said.

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