The mother of a University of Benin (UNIBEN) undergraduate, Miss Chinenye Promise Nwoye who was reportedly strangled to death in a hotel at Abagana in Njikoka Council Area of Anambra State, has cried out to Anambra State Government and Human Rights Groups for justice.
Miss Nwoye, who was allegedly lured to room 57 of Akuu hotel, Abagana on the 27th day of August, 2020 where she was kidnapped and allegedly strangled to death by her captors, was on scholarship at UNIBEN, but had opted for computer lessons at a neighbouring town, following the COVID-19 lockdown.
The victim is from Iruokpala Village in Abba, Njikoka Local Government of Anambra State.
Narrating her story to our correspondent, the mother of the deceased, Mrs Chinyere Nwoye said she had received a call from the deceased, asking for her ATM pin number to free herself from kidnappers.
“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 and 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 and screamed out loud to everyone’s hearing ‘These people have killed somebody ooo’. I now 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 who came and took the body away,” she narrated.
She suspected that her daughter was used for rituals as according to her, if they had wanted money, they would have asked her.
“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 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,” the bereaved woman lamented.
The member of the family fellowship, Jude Okoye, who accompanied the deceased mother to the hotel, corroborated her story, accusing the hotel management of complicity in Miss Nwoye’s painful death through their actions and inactions.
Wazobia FM gathered that two suspects, including a staff of the hotel, who were reportedly arrested by the Police over the incident, have been released, fueling suspicion that influential people are trying to sweep the matter under the carpet.
Further investigations by our correspondent showed that there are no forms of documentation whatsoever done by guests at the hotel when they book while other minimum security measures were not observed.
Meanwhile, when contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed said one suspect, not two was arrested over the incident, adding that the case has been transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department, CID, for discreet investigation.