The Nigerian Daily Post writes that Onoja was returning from a local bar in Ugbugbu at three in the morning last Tuesday. Upon returning home, he walking into to the bedroom of his youngest wife. His five other wives, who had been planning the attack, then ambushed him while he was distracted.
Onaja allegedly stopped breathing after the fourth of his wives lift him, the fifth noticing as he approached him. The youngest wife attempted to resuscitate him, but was unable to.
Suddenly, my husband stopped breathing, she is quoted saying to the Daily Post's correspondent. And they all ran out, still laughing, but when they saw that I could not resuscitate him, they all ran into the forest.
The incident was then reported to police and, so far, two of the women have been arrested by local authorities. The police report noted that Onaja was apparently raped to death.
Onoja had married six women after becoming wealthy. The Nigerian Daily Post notes that, According to most young people in the community, he was a philanthropist who had contributed positively to the growth of the community.