…the suspect attempted to cut the lady’s throat after digging a four fit grave at the back of his compound to bury her with her kids
A 25-year old mother of two have survived an attempt by her lover to use her for alleged money rituals in Umuona village, Isuofia, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The victim, Uchendu Uchechukwu, who said she is an orphan and the fourth child in a family of eight is calling on security operatives and government to help in ensuring that justice is served in the case between her and the suspect who is now in police net.
The suspect whose name was given as Nonso, attempted to cut the lady’s throat after digging a four fit grave at the back of his compound to bury her with the two kids.
The victim, with two children, a 5-year old son and 3-year old daughter, with different fathers, said she had been fending for herself afte her parents’death forced her to discontinue with her education at SS2.
She said, “I do menial jobs like picking palm fruits and make between N500 to N700 daily to feed myself and the two children.
“In 2021, I met Nonso, a young man who claimed to be a native doctor. He promised to marry me. That was why he was frequenting my house in the last one year.
“On that fateful day, he called me to come around with my children for a surprise package. Without any suspicion, I accepted the offer after which he asked his friend to convey us on motorcycle.
“On arrival, he asked me to close my eyes while he tied my face with a white handkerchief in anticipation of a surprise package.
“At that point, the sharp knife was used to slit my throat, forcing me to struggle for survival. Immediately, he dragged me to the already dug grave, pushed me in, using a big stone to force me to remain there while he went to bring shovel to bury me with the kids alive.
“It was at that point that I started shouting for help which attracted his elder sister who had already gone to bed to run out and called other people to rescue me.”
Daily Vendor gathered that the suspect was immediately apprehended by the mob who stripped him and paraded him before handing him over to security agents.
His accomplice who rode the motorcycle however escaped.
While appealing to government and security agents to serve justice to the suspect, the victim expressed readiness to go back to her nylon producing business if she could be assisted to repair the damaged machines.
Meanwhile, Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs Ify Obinabo, through her Sexual and Gender Based Violence, SGBV, response team has made arrangements for the victim and her two children to recuperate from the incident they described as nightmare.
When the matter was called up at the Children, Sexual and Gender Based Violence Court, sitting in Awka and presided over by, Magistrate Genevieve Osakwe, the suspect was remanded in prison custody for attempted murder.
The charge was read to the defendant but no plea was taken.
The court remanded the defendant in the Correctional Center and ordered that the police transmit the original case file to the office of the Attorney General of the state.
The court also ordered the police to effect the arrest of the fleeing accomplice for arraignment.