The Inspector General of Police has charged Charles Eni-Umukoro with culpable homicide, before an FCT High Court.
Eni-Umukoro is a politician and husband of deceased Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mrs Louisa Eni-Umukoro.
The offence is punishable with death under Section 221 of the Penal Code.
According to the charge signed by Kenneth Ubanwa of the Legal/Prosecution Section of the Force Headquarters, Umukoro allegedly caused the death of the woman by “hitting her on the head which caused internal hemorrhage with the knowledge that her death would be the probable consequence.”
Attached to the charge sheet is an autopsy report from the Department of Morbid Anatomy and Histopathology of the National Hospital in Abuja which shows that the deceased died from ‘subdural hemorrhage’ resulting from two bruises on both sides of the neck, which the doctors said are products of ‘external force.’
The criminal charge followed a complaint by the deceased family, Eliab U. Ukponmwan of Oredo Local Government Area, Edo State, who cited several incidents of violence between the two which he alleged led to the death of Mrs Eni-Umukoro on April 21, 2016.
In a petition to the IGP dated August 17, 2016, the family’s counsel, Barrister Ezekiel Ugochukwu stated that there exists circumstantial evidence against the husband based on the incidents of the evening of April 20, 2016, when she went to the hospital with head injuries.
He also alleged in the petition a plot by the husband to control the properties acquired by the deceased after 30 years of service at the SEC.
But Eni-Umukoro, who was arrested and detained by the police over the incident, denied the allegations, attributing the head injuries suffered by his wife to domestic accident.
Eni-Umukoro, who said he is a former Deputy Chairman of Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State, maintained that it has been difficult to explain the cause of death of a loved one.
No date has been fixed for hearing.