Wednesday, 1 July 2015

18yr old girl beheaded in Owerri

Residents of Owerri were Wednesday morning
treated to a morbid spectacle as the police
command paraded four suspects and the
decomposing head of an 18-year old Chinwe Doris
Perpetua Obieri, who was murdered for ritual
The bizarre scene, which was a replica of the
infamous Otokoto saga of September 1996, had
the prime suspect, 24-year old Emeka Uwakwe,
from Ndiakunwata, Arondizuogu, Ideato North
local government area of the state, clutching the
decapitated head of his girl friend, Chinwe.
Speaking to newsmen, the Commissioner of
Police, Mr. Aloy Okorie, gave the names of the
other suspects as Chigamezu Anyaoha from
Orodo, Mbaitoli local council area, Anthony
Obioha from Lude, Ahiazu Mbaise local
government area, and the medicine man, Damian
Joseph from Obot Akara, Akwa Ibom State.
Mr. Okorie gave a graphic account of how the
sordid crime was committed and the efforts made
by the state police command to apprehend the
suspects in far away Lagos State. Excerpts:
"You can see we have a case of murder for ritual
murder. What happened was that on Sunday, mm the young lady whose head you are
seeing (pointing at the decapitated head of
Chinwe) left her Akokwa home, Ideato North local
government area of Imo State. You can see the
head without the body.
"The young man, Emeka Uwakwe, is the boy
friend of this girl and he came all the way from
Lagos and lured her to his house in the village.
He murdered the girl, cut off her head for ritual
purpose and dumped the headless body in a bush.
Apparently, the girl had told her parents that she
was going to visit her maternal uncle in another
"As at 7.04pm on that same Sunday, she called
her parents and informed them she was already in
her maternal uncle's compound and they believed
her. Later, her parents made a call to her and the
call was not pulling through up till the next
morning and by Monday when it was obvious
that she was not coming back, they made a
report to the police that their daughter was
"The names of the parents are Mr. Nicholas and
Mrs. Theresa Obieri from Umuezeala, Umueziama
Kindred in Akokwa. It was after they made the
report to the police that some vigilante people on
the same date, came around and said they saw a
headless body in the bush. The police invited the
girl's parents and they identified the headless
body to be that of their daughter.
"It was at that point that the police swung into
action and started making investigations. From
information, we got to know that she had a boy
friend who is resident in Lagos and who was seen
around home within that period. So, we went to
Lagos and we were able to arrest Emeka
Uwakwe. You can see him now with the head of
the slain girl (pointing at Emeka).
"When we now got him, he made a confession
that Mr. Damian Joseph of Obot Akara in Akwa
Ibom State, though he is based in Lagos also,
was the one who made the charm with which, if
he got the head of this girl, mix it with the charm
and bury it, money will start flowing, he will start
plucking money as if he was plucking fruits from
the tree. That was exactly what the man did. He
(Emeka) got the concoction, mixed it with the
head and buried it in his room.
"We also went for the Native Doctor and got him.
Meanwhile, Emeka made a confession too that it
was his friends, Chigaemezu Anyaoha and
Anthony Obioha, that introduced him to the Native
Doctor and that he was capable of making
medicine for money. They also confirmed that
they had done such a medicine before with
human scrotum. We do not know whether it their
own scrotum or other people's scrotum. We will
surely find out in due.
"You can see the pretty 18-year old girl
(displaying her photograph). I am sure if you had
seen this girl when she was alive, you will weep.
You will certainly weep because I have never seen
a thing like that in my life. I just imagine my own
daughter of that age being slaughtered for ritual
"Well, in an era where we talking about people
going to live in the moon, that is the age we are
in, 21st century, and people are still being fooled
that they can use human head to make money. It
is very unfortunate.
"Emeka Uwakwe was arrested on Wednesday last
week and when he gave us the
information on how he got about the whole show,
our men left for Lagos on Sunday and we were
able to arrest both the Native Doctor and the
other two boys. The next line of action is that
they will pay the price prescribed by the laws of
the land. We all know the price for somebody who
has committed murder. He will pay with his own
life. There is no duplicate for life. If he had the
courage to kill somebody, he should also be
prepared to face the consequence. He should be
in a position to say if he killed her with a knife or
first strangulated her before he cut off the neck.
"It is very clear that the girl deceived her parents.
My advice is simple. I have a daughter of that
age. I know how we monitor her. Most times,
especially in this era, if she has to go out, we
must let go with somebody because you never
can tell. That age is a critical period in the
training of children. Parents should monitor their
daughters closely. It is easy to make contacts in
this GSM era. I am sure that if the parents had
raised alarm that very night they did not see her,
may be things would have come out differently

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