Man hacks wife to death in Akwa Ibom

A tyre repairer in Mbiabam Ibiono community of Ibiono, Ibom Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Nkere Uta, yesterday allegedly hacked his wife, Mrs. Bella Uta, to death with a machete.

Bella, who was in her early 30s, had five children for the man. Neighbours found the woman in a pool of blood.

She laid face down, with blood gushing out of her head. Her face, neck and the entire head region were severely hacked open with what is likely to be a very sharp object.


Clothed in a pair of jeans trousers and a flower-patterned blouse and a wrapper, Bella’s eyes were not spared, as she had an open gash across where her eyes had been, indicating that she had most probably suffered deep cuts across the face also.

A source told our correspondent that the suspected wife killer had been diagnosed with mental illness but was said to have recovered. Another source said the late Bella was a very beautiful woman, and with low financial status of the husband, he was always feeling insecure.

They were also said to have attended church together on Sunday in the company of their five children. It was gathered that the late Bella was a hard-working petty trader and was well loved in the community.

Nkere, after killing his wife, blocked the entrance to his home and threatened to kill anybody who dared question his action until he was overpowered by the police.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko McDon, confirmed the incident but said the suspect has been arrested by Itam Division of the state command. On the motive behind the murder, Odiko said “Investigation is in progress, you will be communicated to, please.”

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