Woman Bathes Husband in Hot Oil, Reveals Motive in Police Custody

Favour Nweke, the woman who poured hot groundnut oil on her husband, Ekelediri Nwokekoro, in Okehi, Etche Local Government Area of the state, has given her account of the incident. She explained the circumstances behind her actions during a media briefing held at the Rivers State Police Command’s headquarters in Port Harcourt.

Fleeing her home on Tuesday after realizing the gravity of her actions, Nweke was apprehended by a local vigilante group and subsequently handed over to the police on Thursday.

Appearing in handcuffs, Nweke maintained her composure and refuted the allegation of having an extramarital affair. She said, “He would often leave the house around 2 o’clock in the night and return early in the morning, sometimes staying away for two or three days. I questioned him about his whereabouts, and his friend called me, informing me about their involvement in an illegal activity. He mentioned that my husband and some others had duped someone of N20 million who had come from Abuja to work in Etche on a contract.”

“I was unaware of this, and it explained his strange behavior and plans to travel to an African country,” Nweke continued. “When he returned, I confronted him, and an argument ensued. I asked him about his share of the money and how he had used it. As we argued that morning, he hit me, and in my anger, I grabbed the hot oil from the kitchen and poured it on him. That’s how it happened.”

Expressing remorse, Nweke begged for forgiveness and denied any involvement in extramarital affairs. She said, “I deeply regret my actions. If I had known it would lead to this, I wouldn’t have done it. I will go to my place and stay. I plead with Nigerians to forgive me.”

Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Emeka Nwonyi, assured the public that Nweke would face the legal consequences of her actions. He stated, “I can assure you that she has been arrested and is in custody. The law will catch up with her, and anyone who takes matters into their own hands will face appropriate sanctions.”