A 21-year old man, Junior Augustine Akor has been arrested for allegedly raping and strangling to death his 16 years old female relative, Faith Akuji in a bush at Mpole-Ubere in the Ette community of Ette in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe in a statement said the suspect was arrested by Police Operatives with assistance from Neighborhood Watch Group.
He said the case was being investigated after which the suspect would be arraigned in court.
He said, “Police Operatives, serving in Igbo-Eze North Division of the Command, with assistance from Neighborhood Watch Group, on 12/06/2023 at about 9.30am, arrested one male suspect, *Junior Augustine Akor aged 21*, of Ette in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area, for allegedly raping and strangling to death his 16 years old female relative, one *Faith Akuji*, on 08/06/2023, in a bush at Mpole-Ubere in the Ette community.
“Preliminary investigation indicates that the victim had gone missing in the evening hours of 08/06/2023, after her grandfather sent her to grind cassava in the community centre, with all efforts made to trace her whereabouts proving abortive.
“Her decomposing body was, however, found in the mentioned bush, following the arrest of the suspect, who confessed to having dragged the victim into the bush, forcefully had carnal knowledge of her, until she fainted and died in the process. The victim’s remains, found without any lower-body cloth, were evacuated to hospital and confirmed dead by doctors on duty.
“Meanwhile, the case is undergoing further discreet investigation at the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (the State CID for short), from where the suspect will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of the investigation.
“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Ammani, fdc, while consoling the family and friends of the deceased victim, has described the act as atrocious and unthinkable. He, therefore, has directed that the case be meticulously handled, concluded within recorded time and charged to court for justice to be dispensed accordingly.”