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Controversy trails death of 35-yr-old woman in Ebonyi

By Peter Okutu

THE unfortunate death of one Miss Josephine Mba of 9c, Igweogbofia Street, Kpirikpiri, Abakaliki, has become a source of concern for most Ebonyi people, considering the manner in which she died last Sunday in the state. The lady, 35, was found dead in her apartment after the odour of her decomposing body pervaded her street as most persons were seen relocating from the vicinity for fear of being arrested by the Police.

The lady, who hails from Amata Akpoha in Afikpo North local area of Ebonyi State, was a former employee of Great Minds Academy, a private school in Abakaliki.

Pressure of family responsibilities

The headmistress of the school, Mrs. Anyim Celine, who stated that there was nothing unusual about the character of the deceased when she worked with the establishment some years ago adding that the deceased might have been over-burdened by the pressure of family responsibilities.

In a chat with South East Voice in Abakaliki, the elder brother of the deceased, Joseph Ekuma Mba, debunked claims in some quarters that she committed suicide. He said the family was not suspecting anybody of being behind the death.

Mba expressed surprise about the claim in some quarters that Josephine committed suicide, noting that the family was not ready to make trouble with anyone over the death of his sister. “I am not suspecting anybody as being responsible for the death of my sister. My sister did not commit suicide. I am arranging with the concerned authorities to recover her corpse and give her a befitting burial”, he said.

Mba maintained that the deceased was not a staff of Great Minds Academy contrary to claim in some quarters that she is a staff of the school. He said Josephine resigned her appointment with the school three years ago. A tenant in the deceased compound, Mr. James Okey said the lady hardly related with anybody in their compound as she always isolated herself from whatever was happening in the area.

He alleged that no one can give account of what happened to her as she always locked herself inside whenever she was around. He noted that many residents in the area have deserted the place because of the odour and called for evacuation of the corpse to prevent outbreak of diseases. He noted that many residents of the area have deserted the place because of the odour and called for evacuation of the corpse to prevent outbreak of diseases.

The chairman, Ebonyi state Emergency Management Agency Evangelist Ephraim Ononye assured that the corpse will be evacuated. “It is the police that will ascertain whether the deceased committed suicide. The police will carry out autopsy and her family will come in”, Ononye said.


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