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These two undergraduates murdered a US-based lady, dumped corpse by roadside

Two undergraduates of the Ebo­nyi State University, 26-year-old James
Okoh and Victor Uchenna Okefie, 27, who had been at large, allegedly
conspired to murder, Mrs. Stella Uhuo, a US-based lady who was visiting
home on vacation.
Prior to the dastardly act Ohuo had been a benefactor to Okoh, a final
year Sociology student of the university, who hails from Amata in Afikpo
North Local Government Area, Ebonyi State. She asked members of her
family to come to the airport to receive her.
She was said to have intimated Okoh about her planned visit and
requested him to come to the airport so that he could take her to
Abakaliki to deliver some luggage given to her by some friends in the
United States for onward delivery to their families.

On the fateful day, November 14, 2015, the Commissioner of Police, Mr.
Nwodibo Ekechuk­wu, told Sunday Sun reporter that the family of the
deceased joyfully turned out at the airport to receive her. Okoh also
came with his friend in a Volvo car.
Her personal luggage were put in the car brought by family, while the
ones she wanted to take to Abakaliki were loaded into the boot of the
Volvo car with registration number Lagos EKY 855 CY. After the exchange
of pleasantries, the family left while Ohuo, Okoh and Okefie headed to
Abakaliki. The time was about 10.00am.
Okefie sat at the back of the car while Okoh drove with Ohuo sitting in
front, completely at peace, unknown to her that they had a heinous plan.
Along the way, Okoh diverted off the busy Enugu-Abakaliki road, to a
side road away from passing cars. From the back, Okefie lunged forward,
grabbed Ohuo by the neck with a choking hold while Okoh viciously hit
her on the head. Then Okefie strangled her. When her legs ceased kicking
as life ebbed out and her heart stopped beating, the duo, still acting
out their carefully scripted evil plan, calmly searched her and took all
the money she had in dollars and her iPad.
When Sunday Sun reporter spoke with suspects in custody, Okoh recounted what transpired after the woman died. He said: 

“We dumped her corpse along Enugu/Abakaliki express road, on the Enugu
State side. We took her dollars and luggage including ipad and broke the
SIM cards of her phones. We ran to my hostel at Ebonyi State University
and later went to Sabongari in Abakaliki to change the dollars to Naira
and got over N850,000. We burnt the clothes of the deceased, and shared
all the male clothes we saw in the luggage.”

The following day, after wait­ing for long and not receiving any call
from Ohuo, her brother became troubled and went to the police to file a
missing person re­port. At the time of the incident, Mr. Mohammed Adamu,
was the police commissioner. Soon after he handed over to Ekechuk­wu,
who assumed duty at the Command.
Soon after he received the case file, Ekechukwu directed detectives
attached to Anti-Kid­napping Squad to commence investigation. They
promptly arrested Okoh on January 29, 2016 at his hostel at the Ebonyi
State University while Okefie was traced to his parent’s house at
Ajaokuta in Kogi State on January 31, 2016. In the course of
interrogation they confessed to the crime, and gave graphic details of
how they did it.
Upon receiving news that the duo had been arrested, Ohuo’s family
members stormed the headquarters of AKS, to identify them as the two
people who were last seen with their sister before her death. They were
shocked that Okoh who their sis­ter had helped immensely could have been
the person to tragi­cally end her life. They wailed and were unable to
control their emotions.
Meanwhile the corpse of Ohuo has been in the mortuary since November 14,
when it was picked up from the roadside. Ekechukwu assured that the
suspects would be charged to court soon after the conclusion of
investigation.
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