A human rights advocacy group, Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign has called on the Rivers State Police command to carry out a thorough investigation on the circumstances that led to the death of a female tenant in the state.
The deceased whose known was given simply as Uchechi, popularly known as ‘Oyibo’ resided at a compound located in Woke Street, off Cherubim road, Mile 3 Diobu. She was found dead by her co-tenants in her apartment.
It was alleged that Uchechi was discovered dead, shortly after her alleged male lover living with her ‘ disappeared’ with their about two year old daughter.
A lawyer with the human rights advocacy group, Festus Bonwin said the sudden disappearance of the man before the body of the deceased was found at her apartment raised serious suspicion as to what actually led to the death of the deceased.
According to him, “we as a human rights based organization is simply asking the honourable commissioner of police to do a thorough investigation into the sudden disappearance of the man with his two years old daughter, who was living with Uchechi popularly known as Oyibo at a compound located in Woke Street, off Cherubim road, Mile 3, Diobu, who was found dead by co-tenants.”
Bonwin also requested for “the transfer of the case file to the state criminal investigation and intelligent department for proper investigation which includes autopsy, and we are appealing to the co-tenant and all other well-meaning citizens to provide useful information to the police that could help in the arrest of the male lover while we express concern over the safety of the child.”
Also speaking, the caretaker chairman of the compound where the deceased and her fleeing male lover lived until her death, who introduced himself as Mr. Chinonye Anurum, narrated what he knew about the two lovers who are believed to be natives of Imo State.
He said: “I am the caretaker of the place. Two of them, they are not married, they are just boyfriend and girlfriend, they are not married. The issue is that two of them normally have an issue, I will marry, I will not marry, you will go, you will not go, you understand? That is where people are suspecting it’s the man that killed her.
“She was sick for almost three, four days, the man did not tell the yard that this lady was sick and all that, so, it’s like the man (sic) find out that the lady will give up, he na take the child out of the place, so after the following day we now find out that, is like according to information, that the man when he take out the child out of the place he went to mile 3 and tell somebody, one of the lady’s friends he should come and check if the girl has dead, so in the evening time, Monday evening, around that kind after eight to nine, we saw her friend said it’s like Oyibo is dead oh, this is what she’s been hearing, so we went to the house and found out that it’s true that she is dead already, so we now entered the house then find out, so, I had to go to station as the caretaker to report.”
Anurum affirmed that the man ran away, adding that, “yes, uptill now with the little child, I think two years and, a girl, uptill now, we never see him.”