Sunday, December 20, 2020

Nigerian doctor attempted to strangle two sons before shooting self and wife in the US

The police in the US are investigating the death of a Nigerian couple believed to have resulted from murder-suicide.

Dr. Ben Okigbo and his wife, Theresa, were found dead in their Sugar Land, Texas home on Friday morning, according to police.

The discovery was said to have been made around 10:05 am at the Greatwood Subdivision in the 1500 block of Brookstone Lane.

“One of the kids dialed 911 (the emergency police number), apparently there was a fight or disturbance going on inside the resident,” Police chief, Eric Robins, said.

The police said that when officers arrived, they found the couple dead inside the home.

“It appears that it could be a potential murder-suicide but it has not been totally ruled,” Chief Robins said.

Police said the couple’s three adult children were also at the scene, with two of them suffering non-life-threatening injuries.

Neighbours were said to have been shocked when they heard the news.

A neighbor, Ace Walker, said he was shocked to see police cars and crime tape in his neighbourhood.

“It’s like right down the street so that’s really wild,” he said.

Steven Nelson, who lives down the street, says the neighbourhood has always been quiet.

Nelson said he had seen the husband before, while walking his dog.

“It’s shocking for all of us because you just don’t expect something like that to happen here; it’s always somewhere else,” he said.

It’s still unclear about what happened and how the couple died.

“My heart goes out to them. That’s really sad,” Walker said.

Chief Robins said it’s a tough situation, especially with Christmas a week away.

“We try to make sure our residents are safe in the City of Sugar Land.

“But when these types of things happen, especially during this time of the year, holiday season with everything else that is going on, we ask people who have crisis in their home to seek out and reach help,” he said.

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