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Police in Lagos hunt for man, 27, that murdered lover

By Uju Mbanusi

Homicide detectives at the Lagos State Criminal Investigations Department, SCID, Panti, Yaba, Lagos have spread their dragnet  in search of  one Victor Chukwuemeka Jewel Udenze, 27 from Urunebo village, Enugu- Ukwu, Anambra State in connection with the murder of a 35 -year-old woman, Bianca Ndidi Okoye at the deceased residence at Lakwe phase 2, Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos State. The suspect was alleged to have murdered his lover after a hot argument inside her apartment on the 10th of may, 2013.

Elder brother to the deceased, Emeka Okoye, told Crime Alert  that in a desperate move to cover his act, the suspect went away with the deceased phones, laptop, documents and disconnected every link between him and the deceased on facebook.

Narrating the circumstances that surrounded the death of their sister  on behalf of members of the deceased family, her brother said,  “that fateful night on the 10th of May, 2013, our sister, a mother of two from  Ogidi, Anambra state, returned to her apartment in the company of Victor, a male friend whom she had been seeing for some time before the incident. Both of them went into the deceased bedroom.

•On the run...Victor Chukwuemeka Jewel Udenze and •The deceased... Bianca Ndidi Okoye
•On the run…Victor Chukwuemeka Jewel Udenze and the deceased… Bianca Ndidi Okoye

Before she slept off that night, the deceased teenage daughter identified as Onyinye said she heard noise and exchange of threats between her mother and Victor but did not enter the bedroom, as she thought it was some private matter that would be resolved amicably, after which she slept off.  Their neighbours also reported that they heard Bianca’s shouts at night but did not enter her apartment as they equally did not envisage it would lead to her death.

“It was in the morning of the next day 11th of May, 2013, that one of the neighbours asked the deceased children after their mother, to which the children said she was still asleep. The fact of Bianca’s death however dawned on them, when her children were begging their neighbours for money to enable them eat.

Begging for money

Their neighbour’s suspicion was compounded when the children further told them that they were begging for money because their mother had been sleeping since morning. This prompted them to go over to the deceased apartment, and opened her door, only to see Bianca lying on the bed, stone dead.

The neighbours said they

tried contacting us but apart from her children living with her, they did not know any of us.   However, one of them  identified as Philiper saved the day because she has the GSM number of one of Bianca’s friends identified as Chioma.  She contacted her and she in turn was asked to contact any of us to come and carry her body.  That was how we were able to know what happened and when we came, we discovered that her killer was on the run.”

Speaking with Crime Alert, Chioma said she could not believe what she heard, because it sounded like a rude joke. This made her to place a call across to the suspect, as she has his phone number. According to her,  immediately the suspect picked her call, he asked if any of her friends had called her.

She reportedly asked him why he was asking such question and he said it had to do with the deceased, whom he had problems with.  In shock, Chioma shouted, “so it is true you have killed Bianca, you will pay for it”, and at that, the suspect switched off his phone.

Crime Alert learnt that the case was reported at Elemero police station, and policemen came from the station and took the remains of the deceased away. Autopsy carried out on Bianca’s remains revealed that she died as a result of strangulation.

The family of the deceased, however, told the police that a few days after the incident, the deceased documents were  seen littered on a street in Enugu. It was also gathered that Bianca Ndidi Okoye was married, but separated from her husband as at the time she was killed.


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