A psychiatric evaluation to determine the mental state of a 45-year old man identified as Dominic Ogah, who allegedly killed his wife, Omagun, and his 16-month-daughter, Blessing, in the Mpape area of Abuja, has been considered.
According to Punch Metro, the suspect was arrested by security operatives in his farm after he murdered his wife and child whose bodies were found in a primary school, a few metres from their residence in Mpape in October, 2016.
It was gathered that the police authorities were considering taking Ogah for mental evaluation following his conflicting and inconsistent explanations on the circumstances that led to the murder of his family.
Police sources said detectives were working on the theory that an outsider could not have killed the victims and then dump their corpses in a public place.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Northern City News, in Abuja, the suspect, could not give a coherent explanation about the death of his wife and daughter, as he failed to answer several questions put to him and merely stared into space.
Also speaking, a police officer who is familiar with the investigation into the murder, said Ogah was alleged to have killed someone in Ibadan, Oyo State in a similar circumstance some years ago.
The detective said Ogah’s sister informed the police that the suspect was mentally ill, adding that he had been treated at a psychiatric hospital.
“The suspect’s sister informed us that Ogah committed a similar crime when he was living in Ibadan sometime ago. She explained that he was taken to a psychiatric hospital after the incident and when they felt he had recovered, he was released. So, we may have to take him to a psychiatric hospital to know his mental state,” the police officer said.