Enugu State Police, in south-eastern Nigeria, have prosecuted a woman, Ujunwa Ugwuoke, for the murder of a nine-year-old girl who was her maid.
Ms. Ugwuoke, 29, was arraigned at Enugu North Magistrate Court on January 20 by the Homicide Branch of the State Criminal Investigation Department, according to a statement on Friday from the police spokesperson at the state, Daniel Ndukwe.
The murdered girl has been identified as Precious Korshima.
Mr. Ndukwe, Deputy Superintendent of Police, said the suspect had been referred to the Enugu Custody Center and the case file had been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.
“Investigation revealed that the suspect confessed to having, during the night of November 8, 2022, beaten and caused the death of the minor, who was his domestic helper, at his residence in Fidelity Estate, Enugu.
“Then, in the morning of the next day, he took the lifeless body of the boy to the Teaching Hospital of the University of Nigeria, Ituku-Ozalla, for medical attention.
“However, upon receiving confirmation of her death from the doctors on duty, he immediately took and dumped her corpse in a garbage dump along Ugbo-Nwagidi Village Road, Enugwueze Uno-Ituku community in the local government area of Awgu,” police said.
“In addition, she went to Abakaliki in Ebonyi State, from where she sent a false alarm claiming that the deceased, her little son and herself, were kidnapped on November 9, 2022.
“She alleged that the abduction took place when she was returning home from Independence Layout Enugu that fateful day, where she had gone to refill her gas cylinder. She said that the abducted people were taken to an unknown destination.
“Furthermore, he claimed that the kidnappers were demanding a ransom of N20 million for each of them,” he said.
The police spokesman said the suspect, however, reappeared on November 16, 2022, claiming that the kidnappers spared her and her son’s lives, but shot the deceased to death.
“The case, which was initially reported to the New Haven Police Division as a kidnapping case, was transferred to the Commando Anti-Kidnapping Unit and later transferred to the State CID Homicide Section, following its declaration. confessional,” he said. .
Ndukwe said state Police Commissioner Ahmed Ammani praised the hard efforts made by police detectives to lay a firm foundation for the administration of justice in the case.
He said the commissioner charged parents to be vigilant to whom they entrust custody and care of their children.
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