BY PETER OKUTU
ABAKALIKI — EBONYI State Police Command, weekend, arrested a middle aged woman, Uzoamaka Dorathy Nworie, an indigene of Nzashi Echara in Ikwo Local Government Area of the state, for allegedly killing her lover, Mr. Duniya Philemon Tabat, over unresolved business transaction involving the purchase of Sienna bus.
Briefing newsmen at the command’s headquarters in Abakaliki, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Chris Anyanwu, disclosed that the deceased, who hailed from Dutsen Makaranta in Nasarawa State, was discovered in a refuse dump in December 25, 2013, in Onuebonyi junction, the outskirts of Abakaliki metropolis.
He said the command swung into action after the traditional ruler and his cabinet members reported the case of an abandoned corpse to the police. The corpse was later deposited at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, FETHA.
He said: “According to the suspect, the victim was her lover who arrived her house on December 23, 2013 with a Sienna bus with number plate DV 815 AAA which she had earlier ordered in July 2012 with a part payment of N350,000.
After showing her the vehicle, the deceased reportedly told her that the price of the car was N700,000 and demanded a balance of N350,000 from her to seal the transaction.
“Uzoamaka, whose business, according to her, had been bad and could not afford such amount, agreed that the vehicle should be sold so that the proceeds would be used to offset the cost.
Accordingly, on December 24, 2013, she took him to one Ituma Omokwu, a native doctor residing at Azuebonyi Echara, Ikwo Local Government Area who later bought the car at the cost of N750,000 with an instant payment of N700,000 cash, promising to pay the balance of N50,000 on December 30, 2013.
“On their return home, Uzoamaka demanded her initial deposit of N350,000 but was given N300,000. The deceased promised to pay the balance when he visits again on December 30, 2013. This development was not acceptable to the woman; hence, a fight ensued.
“In the process, Uzoamaka hit him at the back of his neck and he fell face down and died.”
The spokesman who stated that the suspect, in a bid to avoid being linked with the death, decided to dump the corpse in a nearby refuse dump.
He said following the frantic effort by the Homicide Detectives of the command, the vehicle in question was later recovered at the native doctor’s shrine in Ikwo.
He noted that efforts were in top gear to contact the relatives of the deceased in Nasarawa State while the suspect will be arraigned soon.”