Suspected kidnappers strangle UNIBEN student to death in Anambra Hotel
An undergraduate of the University of Benin Miss Chinenye Promise Nwoye has been strangled to death in Akuu Hotel in Abagana, Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Although the circumstances that led to her death is still unclear, it was gathered that Nwoye who hails from Iruokpala, Ire Village in Abba, Njikoka Local Government of the State was lured by some men suspected to be scammers or kidnappers to the hotel.
Before her death on August 27, 2020, it was also gathered that the late Miss Nwoye was on scholarship at UNIBEN and had opted for computer lessons at a neighboring town, following the outbreak of COVID-19.
Speaking, mother to the deceased Mrs. Chinyere Nwoye and a member of her family fellowship, Jude Okoye said on that faithful day, they had received a call from Chinenye saying she was in danger and needed her ATM pin number to free herself from “kidnappers”.
The bereaved mother said: “I had immediately dressed up and left for the said hotel with a family fellowship member. On arrival, we met some boys outside the hotel. When I asked the receptionist about my daughter’s whereabouts, they started checking for the booked rooms. I overheard her telling one boy to give her the keys to room 57 and 58 and on refusal, the attendant sought for a spare key with which she opened the room before screaming out loud to everyone’s hearing: ‘These people have killed somebody.’
“I ran upstairs and was shocked to see my daughter naked, lying face down with her hands and legs tied with her own clothes. From the clothes and the sandals, I knew it was my daughter. When the fellowship member with me started raising alarm, they now called the police from Abagana Police Divison. They came and took the body away.”
Mrs. Nwoye accused the hotel management of complicity in her painful death through their actions and or inactions, calling on government and human rights groups to unveil the killers.
She said: “I did not waste any time in getting there. So, there was no reason to kill my daughter. That hotel is a ritual place, and all of them know what happened to my daughter. It was even surprising that none of our kinsmen wanted to hear anything from me even when I went to tell them my story. That is why I am calling on the government and human rights group to look into this matter and bring the killers of my daughter to book. This is a promising young girl that her life has just been terminated.”
According to them, Police officers from Abagana Divisional Police Station, came and took the corpse to Bekee Hospital Mortuary Nimo, Njikoka Local Government Area.
Two suspects, including a staff of the hotel, who were reportedly arrested by the Police over the incident were said to have been released, fueling the suspicion of an intense pressure to sweep the matter under the carpet.
When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed said only one suspect has been arrested over the incident, adding that the case has been transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department, CID, for discreet investigation.
Meanwhile, the usual commercial activities are still ongoing at the facility at Abagana, with customers lodging without documentation.