Japa couple crisis: Nigerian kills wife in UK over bills, arrested by Police

Japa couple crisis: Nigerian kills wife in UK over bills, arrested by Police

A Nigerian based in the United Kingdom, David Olubunni Abodunde, has been arrested by operatives of the Suffolk Police in London for assault and murder of his wife, Taiwo Owoeye Abodunde.

It was reported that the police operatives made the arrest after a credible intelligence led them to the residence of the suspect at 259 Exning Road, Newmarket, Suffolk where the found his wife’s lifeless body on the floor of their living room.

The police were said to have visited the suspect’s residence at 9:55 am on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 to gather evidence in relation to the assault allegations made against him by his wife before she died.

But upon entering the residence, the officers discovered the woman unresponsive on the living room floor. Despite prompt medical attention, the woman was later declared dead at the scene by paramedics.

The suspect was thereafter arrested and taken to the Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning before he was later presented at the Ipswich Crown Court and Suffolk Magistrates’ Court for a preliminary hearing.

Speaking on the incident, a spokesperson for the Independent Office for Police Misconduct ( IOPC) said: “We can confirm we have received a referral from Suffolk Constabulary in relation to this incident and we are carrying out an assessment to determine what further action may be required from us.”

He said the intervention of IOPC was prompted by a suspicious failing by the Police over a previous correspondence with the Taiwo’s family on November 27, 2023, over previous assault.

The Police added: “On Monday 27th November 2023, Taiwo contacted Suffolk Police reporting an assault by Olubunni on her that day and a further assault from 15th August 2023. Olubunni was arrested on suspicion of both assaults at 10:23am 27/11/2023. He was released from police custody at 6:20pm 27/11/2023 with police bail conditions. The Police Bail conditions imposed were: Not to go to 239 Exning Road, Newmarket, CB9 0AY. Not to contact Taiwo Abodunde directly or indirectly except via a third party to arrange child contact.

“The incorrect address of 239 Exning Road, Newmarket on the bail condition should have in fact been recorded as 259 Exning Road, Newmarket. When Suffolk Police attended Taiwo’s address on Tuesday 28th November, this was for a pre-arranged meeting to gather evidence in relation to the assault allegations that were made against Olubunni Abodunde on 27th November which led to his arrest. Because of these recent police contact with Taiwo, Suffolk Constabulary have made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).”

“We will keep you updated on this process. We also want to make you aware we initially identified two scenes in relation to what happened but following our enquiries we have removed one scene, but one remains in place. This continues to be a location where evidence is present,” the police added.

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